didn’t write crime fiction, westerns, historical thrillers or mysteries. He wrote Elmore Leonard books. No, that’s not quite right. He wrote Elmore Leonard
books. You can bring an Elmore Leonard
book to someone totally unfamiliar with genre fiction, say “try this” and make a believer out of them within the first few pages. When they run through everything from THE BOUNTY HUNTERS to MR. MAJESTYK (“hey...didn’t they make a movie of this?”) to FIFTY-TWO PICKUP to, yes, RAYLAN, they come back to you and ask, “Can you recommend anything else like
this?” And you can, with the admonition that it will be almost, but not quite, as good as the real thing.