Elmore Leonard: Four Novels Of The 1970s (Loa #255): Fifty-Two Pickup / Swag / Unknown Man No. 89 / The Switch
  • Elmore Leonard: Four Novels Of The 1970s (Loa #255): Fifty-Two Pickup / Swag / Unknown Man No. 89 / The Switch
  • Elmore Leonard: Four Novels Of The 1970s (Loa #255): Fifty-Two Pickup / Swag / Unknown Man No. 89 / The Switch
ISBN: 1598533053
EAN13: 9781598533057
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 28, 2014
Pages: 809
Dimensions: 1.3" H x 8.1" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

Elmore Leonard: Four Novels Of The 1970s (Loa #255): Fifty-Two Pickup / Swag / Unknown Man No. 89 / The Switch

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The Library of America inaugurates its Elmore Leonard edition with four funny, street-smart early masterpieces, gathered in one volume for the first time: Blending gritty toughness and unpredictable violence with wild humor and an uncanny ear for the rhythms of ordinary speech, Elmore Leonard (1925-2013) was the most widely and enthusiastically admired crime novelist of his time. His genius for scene and dialogue led Time magazine to describe him as a Dickens of Detroit, and Newsweek called him the best American writer of crime alive, possibly the best we've ever had. Now The Library of America inaugurates a three-volume edition of Leonard's greatest work, prepared in consultation with the author shortly before his death and edited by his long-time researcher Gregg Sutter.

The four novels collected in this first volume re-invented the American crime novel and cemented Leonard's reputation. All are set in his hometown Detroit, a hard-working shot and a beer kind of place whose lawless underside becomes a stage for an unforgettable cast of rogues, con artists, and psychopaths. Fifty-Two Pickup (1974), fast and sharply written, is an insidiously brutal book about an adulterous businessman who runs afoul of a crew of murderous blackmailers. Swag (1976) finds Leonard moving for the first time into the more comic mode that would become his Read More chevron_right

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