When the Women Come Out to Dance
By Elmore Leonard
William Morrow & Company, Paperback, 9780060586164, 240pp.
Publication Date: January 2004
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Elmore Leonard, a literary icon praised by The New York Times Book Review as "the greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever," has captured the imagination of millions of readers with his more than three dozen books.
In this short fiction collection, Leonard demonstrates the superb characterizations, dead-on dialogue, vivid atmosphere, and driving plots that have made him a household name -- and once again illustrates that the line between the law and the lawbreakers is not as firm as we might think.
Federal marshal Karen Sisco, from the bestselling novel Out of Sight, returns in "Karen Makes Out," once again inadvertently mixing pleasure with business. In "Fire in the Hole," Raylan Givens, last seen in Riding the Rap and Pronto, meets up with an old friend, but they're now on different sides of the law. In the title story, "When the Women Come Out to Dance," Mrs. Mahmood gets more than she bargains for when she conspires with her maid to end her unhappy marriage.
All nine stories are Elmore Leonard at his vivid, hilarious, and unfailingly human best.
“If Leonard were a new kid instead of a past master, this fiction collection would make his name.”
“Rummaging through Leonard’s attic via these nine stories revives some fond memories and turns up a couple of forgotten treasures.”
“Elmore Leonard’s 39th book ...finds one of America’s most accomplished novelists presenting his most accomplished female characters in years.”