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Blood money and other stories (edition 2006)

by Elmore Leonard

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Before he brilliantly traversed the gritty landscapes of underworld Detroit and Miami, the incomparable Elmore Leonard wrote breathtaking adventures set in America's nineteenth-century western frontier—elevating a popular genre with his now-trademark twisting plots, rich characterizations, and scalpel-sharp dialogue. For every story of inspiring moral courage in America's untamed West, there's one of greed and duplicity, of corrupted souls willingly sacrificed to a merciless deity of ill-gotten gold. The New York Times-bestselling Grand Master brings us seven unforgettable western tales of noble stands and cowardly compromises—and battles of will more devastating than a blazing gunfight.… (more)
Member:TheGalaxyGirl
Title:Blood money and other stories
Authors:Elmore Leonard
Info:New York : HarperTorch, 2006.
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Fiction, Western, Collection

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Blood Money and Other Stories by Elmore Leonard

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I'm not sure when these short stories first were published, but I think the 1950s. Some of the words would be considered objectionable today: "greasers" (for Mexicans), "bucks" (for Indians), but probably reflect authentic language usage and attitudes. The actual writing is pretty good--I was honestly surprised at the quality of the prose.

Apache Medicine: Army scout Kleecan encounters bandits who stole a military payroll, and leads them into a trap. A good story, tightly written, with an unexpected ending. 3.5 stars

Red Hell Hits Canyon Diablo: an army detachment challenges an Apache war band to a drinking contest. 3.5 stars

The Last Shot: a Confederate soldier/spy fires the last shot of the Civil War in an assassination attempt. 2 stars

Blood Money: a group of outlaws, cornered by a posse, gambles with high stakes. 3.5 stars

Saint with a Six-Gun: a young deputy makes a bad decision, but it turns out all right in the end. 3 stars

Man with the Iron Arm: a bully gets his comeuppance in the most satisfying way. 4 stars

The Longest Day of His Life: the best story in the batch, a man minding his own business runs afoul of some outlaws, and has to take a stand. This one feels authentic, without the usual hero tropes. In fact, none of these stories is the usual Western fare. Each feels unexpected, but also inevitable. ( )
  TheGalaxyGirl | Jun 18, 2024 |
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Before he brilliantly traversed the gritty landscapes of underworld Detroit and Miami, the incomparable Elmore Leonard wrote breathtaking adventures set in America's nineteenth-century western frontier—elevating a popular genre with his now-trademark twisting plots, rich characterizations, and scalpel-sharp dialogue. For every story of inspiring moral courage in America's untamed West, there's one of greed and duplicity, of corrupted souls willingly sacrificed to a merciless deity of ill-gotten gold. The New York Times-bestselling Grand Master brings us seven unforgettable western tales of noble stands and cowardly compromises—and battles of will more devastating than a blazing gunfight.

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Seven western stories including:

Apache Medicine
Red Hell Hits Canyon Diablo
Last Shot
Blood Money
Saint With A Six-Gun
Man With the Iron Arm
Longest Day of His Life
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