After Djibouti I needed some classic Leonard to get me back on track as a fan. The aforementioned novel was one of his last, and is quite the slog, so I was eager to give him another go as I am enamored with his characters as I have seen them in the hit show “Justified.”
Get Shorty, later made into the film starring Travolta, is a hoot and a half. I am always a fan of mobsters (I adore Casino, Goodfellas, etc) and a touch of suspense and Get Shorty delivers on all fronts. Leonard is the best at creating layered characters: bad guys you can’t help to root for, with dry humor and may tongue-in-cheek moments. Leonard is the kind of clever that I wish I could be.
I read this one via Kindle on my phone and it was great to jump in and out of during my recent trip to Paris, on the metro or while waiting in lines. It was $10 and change for a collection with this book, and two of his others that are well-loved (“Tishomongo Blues” and “Killshot”) that I can’t wait to read.