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'Elmore Leonard is the crime-writer's crime-writer, king of all he surveys. For sharp plots and spot-on dialogue, he's in a different league' Ian Rankin Elmore Leonard is a fantastic addition to our list of quality crime writing. An iconic figure, he has written well over 20 novels, award-winning film scripts and won numerous major prizes Phoenix now has the rights to 11 backlist titles and we will be bringing the books out over the course of 2004-6 with a great series cover look. We also have a new hardback coming out in W&N in autumn 2005 Many of Elmore Leonard's novels have been filmed, most notably Get Shorty and Rum Punch (called Jackie Brown and filmed by Quentin Tarantino) 'Dialogue like broken glass, sharp and glittering, and a raft of low-lifes individualised in primary colours like hard-edged pop-art' Julian Rathbone, Independent

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Elmore Leonard has written more than three dozen books during his highly successful career, and many of his novels have been made into bestselling films. He lives in Bloomfield Village, Michigan, with his wife Christine.


Even though one of Leonard's more memorable characters, Ernest Stickley Jr. is introduced in Swag and continues his adventures in Stick, and there's a world of difference between the two. In Swag, "Stick" meets Frank, a Detroit used car salesman who has decided that armed robbery is an easy way to make a living. Between dull jobs that seem impossibly easy, our pair seduce equally bored women. Finally, the big job comes, and they violate the rules with predictable results. Stick continues Stick's adventures after prison and changes the locale to Florida's gold coast, where Stick tries to go straight. He chauffeurs for a hotshot stock broker who juggles a wife, a mistress, and an attractive investment analyst. Stick gets involved with all three while crossing the paths of some big-time drug dealers who try to get rid of him. At the same time, he's mastering a new career. Stick manages to play his adversaries against one another. Here's the skinny: Leonard misses the mark with Swag but is right on target with Stick. Narrator Frank Muller, perhaps inspired by the material, does far better with Stick as well. Skip Swag and put your money on Stick if you want to please the action-adventure crowd.‘James Dudley, Copiague, N.Y.

You will look long and hard before you find anyone with a bad word to say about Leonard. About the worst thing I can think of to say about SWAG is that it might be said to make armed robbery look like a enticing career move... if you haven't read him before, you are in for a treat. -- Nicholas Lezard The Guardian

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