When the Women Come Out to Dance

When the Women Come Out to Dance

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In this collection of shorter works - one novella and a number of short stories - Leonard is at his characteristic best: dead-on dialogue, vivid atmosphere and driving plots involving retired baseball players, US marshals, bank robbers, Mexican housemaids and neo-Nazis.show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 18mm | 99.79g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0141009853
  • 9780141009858

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Leonard has written dozens of bestselling thrillers but he's also a master of the short story, and this is a collection of nine of his tales written between 1982 and 2001. All superbly crafted, they cover a wide range of his favourite themes, from the Wild West to present-day gangsterland America, and Leonard even reintroduces a couple of his most popular characters. Federal Marshal Karen Sisco, whom we last met in the novel Out Of Sight, pops up in 'Karen Makes Out'. A sassy type with a caustic sense of justice, she takes her full share of pleasure while never forgetting what business she's in and remaining aware of the lowlife that would like to snuff her out. Also re-emerging in a new story is Raylan Givens, previously featured in Riding The Rap and Pronto. Raylan now meets up with an old friend in 'Fire In The Hole' but this time they are on opposite sides of the law. This isn't an original theme but Leonard's treatment of it is unusual and gripping. The title story, 'When The Women Come Out To Dance', is centred on a pair of typical Leonard creations - schemers who get more than they dreamed of when they plot to end an inconvenient marriage. Each tale packs the familiar Leonard punch. Short stories they may be but none of them lacks potency. There is no skimping on detail, no dilution of the unexpected. Acerbic wit, earthy dialogue and tension are all here, along with high doses of black humour that only lightly mask some serious fables. That is one of Leonard's great talents - he manages to entertain and say something profound at the same time. (Kirkus UK)show more

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