The Tonto Woman and Other Stories

The Tonto Woman and Other Stories

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Elmore Leonard first made his name as a writer of western stories, and this collection brings them together for the first time. They date back to 1951, and include "3:10 to Yuma" which was made into a classic more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 112 x 182 x 26mm | 200g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0140277153
  • 9780140277159

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Before he became world famous as a crime writer, wiping the floor with most of his contemporaries, Elmore Leonard was a prolific Western novelist and stort-story writer for pulp magazines. Many of these Westerns were made into films, including Valdez is Coming, with Burt Lancaster, Jombre, featuring Paul Newman, and Three-Ten to Yuma, the original story which is included here, starring Glenn Ford, now considered a classic of the genre and well worth catching when it is shown on television. In fact, the Westerns translated better to the screen than his crime novels until recently, when younger and more interesting producers and directors picked up on his work and gave it the twist that was needed to bring out the originality of the stories and the reality of the dialogue. And now, gathered together for the first time are 19 tales set in the harshness of Arizona and New Mexico where men were men and women were... well, women, as they trekked the American frontier in the late 19th century, chiselling out some kind of civilization from the raw desert where they were constantly under threat from outlaws looking for plunder and Indians on the prowl for scalps, and where the law west of the Pecos was precarious to say the least, and the lawmen were often worse than the bandits they hunted - in fact often one and the same. Leonard is a superb writer. He stands alone as an American storyteller; his prose is masterful, and his finger is as much on the pulse of the old West as of present-day Detroit and Miami. For those only familiar with his crime novels, now is a good time to find out what else he can do. You won't be sorry. Highly recommended. Review by MARK TIMLIN Editor's note: Mark Timlin's books include Quick, Before They Catch Us! (Kirkus UK)show more