By Charles J. Rzepka
Widely recognized because the crime fiction author whose paintings resulted in the films Get Shorty and Out of Sight, Elmore Leonard had a unique knack for growing "cool" characters. In Being Cool, Charles J. Rzepka seems to be at what makes the dope-dealers, bookies, grifters, monetary advisors, expertise brokers, shady lawyers, hookers, versions, and crooked police officers of Leonard's global cool. they're nefarious, yet also they are convinced, expert, and composed and cope with no attempt or idea. and they're stable at what they do. Taking being cool because the road via Leonard's existence and works, Rzepka reveals lots of byways to discover alongside the way.
Rzepka delineates the phases and styles that represent Leonard's inventive evolution. Like jazz greats, he cast someone writing type instantly recognizable for its voice and rhythm, together with his characters' rat-a-tat recitations, curt backhands, and ragged trains of notion. Rzepka attracts on greater than twelve hours of non-public interviews with Leonard and applies what he discovered to his shut research of the writer's lengthy existence and prodigious output: forty five released novels, 39 released and unpublished brief tales, and various essays written over the process six many years.
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Being Cool: The Work of Elmore Leonard by Charles J. Rzepka