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Four Novels of the 1970s: Fifty-Two Pickup / Swag / Unknown Man No. 89 / The Switch

Blending gritty toughness and unpredictable violence with wild humor and an uncanny ear for the rhythms of ordinary speech, El Leonard 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 Blending gritty toughness and unpredictable violence with wild humor and an uncanny ear for the rhythms of ordinary speech, El Leonard 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.Leonard began his career in the 1950s as a writer of pulp westerns, but switched genres at the end of the 1960s and slowly but steadily achieved recognition as a fantastically inventive storyteller and a one of a kind stylist For all the dazzling complications of his plots often involving brilliantly elaborate scams, of which he was a master it was the people who mattered most in his books, people from every walk of life and every social byway.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 comic mode that would become his signature, as he charts the small time criminal careers of an amiable ex con and an ambitious car salesman who share a bachelor pad and pursue their hedonistic dream of the good life through a string of armed robberies Unknown Man No 89 1977 spins a complex web of crisscrossing rip offs and con games, with process server Jack Ryan, a typically laid back Leonard protagonist, caught in the middle In The Switch 1978 , one of Leonard s funniest books, Mickey Dawson, a discontented housewife held for ransom, manages to turn the tables on her kidnappers while exacting overdue revenge on her scheming husband.This volume also contains a newly researched chronology of El Leonard s life, drawing on materials in his personal archive, and detailed annotations, which include as a special bonus a scene from the typescript for Swag that did not appear in the published book

Title : Four Novels of the 1970s: Fifty-Two Pickup / Swag / Unknown Man No. 89 / The Switch
Author :  Elmore Leonard
Language : English
Isbn : 1598533053
Format : Hardcover
Pages : 816 pages

Rating: 4.1

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