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Fire in the Hole-By: Elmore Leonard

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The reason I checked this book out, Justified, the TV series, I love the show and the characters. The series came from several of his books. Pronto, released in 1993, also a made for TV Movie in 1997. Riding the Rap released in 1995, Fire in the Hole, as an e-book in 2001, then a paperback, reprint edition 2012. The last installment Raylan published in 2012. The Inglewood Branch of the Nashville Public Library System, only had three books in on this particular Saturday, two listed above, and 10 Rules of Writing, also by Elmore Leonard. That review will come at a later date.

Before we go any further I won’t you to look at the above book pictures. Do they look the same to you? Some of you may already know this, but I didn’t, they are the same book, right down to the type, with different titles. Once again I have learned something that will help me as an Independent Author. With a collection of short stories you can release and market it, under the different short story titles.

With all due respect to Elmore Leonard, I don’t care for his writing style, it’s hard to explain, but there’s something about it, which aggravates me. I think it may be the paragraphing structure, how the dialogue is intertwined in it. Don’t misunderstand me, his dialogue is great, the best in the business, I’m just use to seeing it on a line by itself. He is also known as the man who waste no words, I understand that, but setting a scene to me is important, but once again I’m new at this.

The book, remember both are the same, a collection of nine short stories, Fire in the Hole is the fifth, When the Women Come Out to Dance the fourth. Out of the nine, I only enjoyed one-third of them. Fire in Hole, Karen Makes Out, and Tenkiller, the rest were not bad, but not good either.

Listed below or the nine stories, with a one to five rating in parentheses.
• Sparks (1)
• Hanging Out at the Buena Vista (1)
 Chickasaw Charlie Hoke (2)
• When the Women Come Out and Dance (3)
• Fire in the Hole (4)
• Karen Makes Out (4)
• Hurrah for Capt. Early (2)
• The Tonto Woman (3)
• Tenkiller (4)

That’s a total of 24 stars divided by nine equals 2.666. I give Fire in the Hole / When the Women Come Out to Dance 3 Stars out of 5.
Elmore Leonard penned over 45 Novels, along with numerous short stories. Because I like Justified, I’ll suffer through the books pertaining to the show, but that will be all I read of Elmore Leonard.

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