The Great Elmore Leonard  1925-2013

Hard-Boiled: His books depart from the hard-boiled tradition in another way: from Hammett to Mickey Spillane, from Macdonald to Robert B. Parker, writers have generally told these stories in the first person. By jettisoning the security of first-person narration — a unified point of view, a single sardonic tone of voice, a sense of the hero in control — Leonard can let his characters breathe more easily, show us how matters seem to them. In this way, the reader knows more about what’s going on than the hero does. 

Newsweek  April 22, 1985

The Great Elmore Leonard  1925-2013

Hard-Boiled: His books depart from the hard-boiled tradition in another way: from Hammett to Mickey Spillane, from Macdonald to Robert B. Parker, writers have generally told these stories in the first person. By jettisoning the security of first-person narration — a unified point of view, a single sardonic tone of voice, a sense of the hero in control — Leonard can let his characters breathe more easily, show us how matters seem to them. In this way, the reader knows more about what’s going on than the hero does. 

Newsweek  April 22, 1985



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    Still disappointed with myself for never having read any of his work. I’ll have to remedy that ASAP.
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