posted Nov 4 2014 10:47AM
By Elmore Leonard
Reviewed by Dom
I’m a big fan of Elmore Leonard’s writing, especially his dialogue. He was a master at delivering compelling conversations between his characters, and along the way he surely inspired not only other writers but some filmmakers, too.
It’s no secret that Quentin Tarentino is a fan; he took this month’s book club selection and turned it into a hit movie called Jackie Brown
– starring Denver resident Pam Grier.
Leonard wrote in several genres, but his crime thrillers, like Get Shorty
(which F/X turned into the hit show Justified
) made him one of America’s favorite authors. Rum Punch
tells the story of flight attendant Jackie Brown, who is sneaking money into the country for an arms dealer . . . until she’s nabbed by the law.
Jackie decides that perhaps she’ll find a way to keep the money for herself – and you can imagine how that sits with the bad guys.
Elmore Leonard is a writer who doesn’t waste words, which makes for fast-paced thrillers, full of memorable characters and spicy language. People magazine claimed that Rum Punch
was his best, and you can find it for 20% off at The Tattered Cover Book Store.