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When the Women Come Out to Dance: Stories (2003)

by Elmore Leonard (Author)

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THIS is how you write dialogue! My GOSH Leonard is a master without parallel! He needs to live forever, because once I'm done reading all his books, I just don't know what I'll do to satiate my craving for crime fiction. I haven't written much fiction, but if/when I do, undoubtably his method will seep in to my narrative. There simply isn't another writer worth being influenced by as far as human interaction goes. The fact that the characters in these short stories are familiar from previous books is even more delicious gravy. Masterful, just masterful.
  MartinBodek | Jun 11, 2015 |
It's been decades since I've read anything by Elmore Leonard and I'm not sure why. I'm a big fan of the TV show Justified, which is based on one of his characters, and I've been meaning to read the short story, "Fire in the Hole" for a while now. It was great - basically the first episode of the series. I went ahead and read the rest of the stories included here and they were, for the most part, just as good. I especially liked "The Tonto Woman", "When the Women Come Out to Dance", and "Karen Makes Out". An entertaining read with great characters and dialog. ( )
  coppers | Apr 13, 2015 |
Starting to get comfortable w Leonard's writing. Great Raylan story and an introduction to other Leaonard characters. The story of the two 80 year olds was also insightful. ( )
  JBreedlove | Sep 6, 2014 |
A fantastic collection of short stories, it starts out with a couple of short sketches that are more interesting than they should be for what they are. Leonard's writing really shines as he manages to use a short scene to paint entire people & years of history.

Other stories include the one on which the TV series Justified is based & one with Karen Sisco, another interesting marshal. Plus plenty more, including 2 that I had previously read in his western stories. They were just as good the second time. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
Initially I read this book for the title story, because I am mad for Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) in the Justified series; I skipped ahead to read Fire as soon as I got the book. I previously had read the Tonto Woman in a Western anthology, and I read it again. Then one thing led to another, and I finished the book in short time. Elmore Leonard is first a storyteller. His characters, always flawed, continue forward - sometimes fatalistically - to their understated and dark humored conclusions. Sometimes I find myself reading as fast as possible to keep up with the twists and turns of the story, held by the utter ambivalence of life's empathy toward the characters. This collection is spare in language and full in the telling. Well done. ( )
  brickhorse | Jun 3, 2013 |
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Both When the Women Come Out to Dance (2003) and Fire in the Hole: Stories (2012) include the stories:

-- "Sparks"
-- "Hanging Out at the Buena Vista"
-- "Chickasaw Charlie Hoke"
-- "When the Women Come Out to Dance"
-- "Fire in the Hole"
-- "Karen Makes Out"
-- "Hurrah for Capt. Early"
-- "Tonto Woman"
-- "Tenkiller"
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060586168, Paperback)

What a treat! The nine stories in this collection--some never before published, others available only in anthologies or magazines-- demonstrate why Elmore Leonard has achieved both bestsellerdom and critical acclaim. Ranging in length from a four-page trifle to two novellas of 50-plus pages, these are gems of sly humor, suspense, and, above all, character. Most are in the contemporary crime-fiction vein that made Leonard famous, but a few are more contemplative set pieces, and there's one fine Old West story (Leonard was a Western writer before he became a crime king).

Longtime fans will recognize some familiar faces, including the U.S. marshals Raylan Givens, from 1993's Pronto and 1995's Riding the Rap, and Karen Sisco, from 1996's Out of Sight (played by J. Lo in the movie). But whether familiar or new, the people in these stories lunge off the page and seize you by the lapels. Nobody writes character and dialogue like Leonard. In fact, several tales feature some rural white-trash bad guys who are so utterly plausible that you'll look over your shoulder next time you drive a country road.

The short story format suits Leonard's stripped-down style beautifully. While one or two of the slimmer pieces feel a bit disposable, all nine are engaging, and the best are breathtakingly good--the crispest, best- plotted stuff Leonard has published in years. --Nicholas H. Allison

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Driven by terrific characters and superb writing, these short pieces (including two novella-length works) are Elmore Leonard at his economical best.

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