Weekend Reading: Don Winslow and Elmore Leonard

high lonelyWe have nearly finished all the Library’s Don Winslows.  This weekend was Way Down On The High Lonely, Winslow’s third, published in 1993.  There’s a big gap in the Winslow collection between then and now that we’ll have to look into.  Twenty years ago Winslow wasn’t writing a lot of white spaces and screen snippets, he was just writing.  Spare stuff, but not quite as spare as Elmore Leonard, whose character Raylan Givens is the lead in Justified, the Leonard-based series from FX we watch as much for crazy Walton Goggins as for heroic Timothy Olyphant.  The spirit is true to Leonard and sort of true to Kentucky even when the California cypresses and bald hillsides intrude.  We have a Raylan on the shelf somewhere, and the character also turns up in Rum Punch, which turned into the fantastic Jackie Brown movie.  Should we go for a Leonard film fest after we finish the frogs?

-Nemo Wolfe

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