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A fourth--and final--audio volume of unabridged stories from the anthology of nineteen short westerns originally published in The Saturday Evening Post and other magazines from the 1950s to the 1980s boldly chronicles the heroism, brutality, and passion of the frontier. By the author of Get Shorty. Book available.
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Welcome to a world where the Hatch & Hodges stagecoach runs on time or someone will catch hell, and where a man knows the difference between handling a Winchester rifle and a Sharps and a Henry--or pays for it with his life.
Before he became one of the best crime writers in America, Elmore Leonard was one of the best Western writers in America. He churned out short stories for the pulp magazines with regularity; The Tonto Woman collects 19 of the best, including "Three-Ten to Yuma" and "The Captives," which in 1957 became the first two of his stories to be adapted for film (the latter as The Tall T). Reading them and the other stories, you can see why Hollywood has been continually drawn to Leonard: Every encounter between two or more people, no matter how casual, has substance--becomes a matter of great moral significance and can only be resolved through action. Even those stories that rely on O. Henry-style twists of fate to reach their endings are packed with intense character studies disguised as straightforward genre prose. When all is said and done, Elmore Leonard will be mentioned by literary critics in the same breath as Ernest Hemingway--quite likely even mentioned first--and The Tonto Woman will make one of the strongest arguments in his favor. --Ron HoganFrom the Publisher:
"Before Elmore Leonard became famous as our poet laureate of the con, he was already staking claims as a spinner of western yarns. . . There are few writers who can match Leonard when it comes to narrative moves, none who write dialogues that say so little and mean so much."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"No one is Leonard's equal."
"Nobody but nobody in the business does it better."
--New York Daily News
"Elmore Leonard is an awfully good writer of the sneaky sort; he is so good, you don't notice what he's up to."
--The Washington Post Book World
"A master storyteller."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Elmore Leonard may be the last hope for the written word."
--New York Observer
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Audio, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0671043757