Writing so good the films make themselves
‘It would be hard to characterise Elmore Leonard’s creative burst during the whole of the 1980s as anything but a sustained – and quite possibly unequalled – bout of excellence’
- From Dennis Lehane’s introduction
It’s no surprise that so many of Leonard’s books have been snapped up for big-screen adaptations (Freaky Deaky, Jackie Brown, Hombre and, of course, Get Shorty, to name just a few). His on-point characters and no-holds-barred narratives make these stories pretty much clapperboard ready, with actors and directors including Quentin Tarantino, John Travolta and Gene Hackman queuing up for screen credits. But Get Shorty is the cleverest of them all. Here, the apparently disparate worlds of mobsters and moviemakers seamlessly merge until the reader is left unsure where the money comes from, who runs the show, and whether there’s anyone left in either camp without blood on their hands or skeletons in the closet.