By Charles J. Rzepka
Widely recognized because the crime fiction author whose paintings ended in the flicks Get Shorty and Out of Sight, Elmore Leonard had a unique knack for developing "cool" characters. In Being Cool, Charles J. Rzepka seems to be at what makes the dope-dealers, bookies, grifters, monetary advisors, expertise brokers, shady legal professionals, hookers, versions, and crooked law enforcement officials of Leonard's global cool. they're nefarious, yet also they are convinced, expert, and composed and cope with out attempt or notion. and they're reliable at what they do. Taking being cool because the street via Leonard's existence and works, Rzepka reveals lots of byways to discover alongside the way.
Rzepka delineates the levels and styles that symbolize Leonard's artistic evolution. Like jazz greats, he solid anyone writing variety instantly recognizable for its voice and rhythm, together with his characters' rat-a-tat recitations, curt backhands, and ragged trains of inspiration. Rzepka attracts on greater than twelve hours of private interviews with Leonard and applies what he discovered to his shut research of the writer's lengthy existence and prodigious output: forty five released novels, 39 released and unpublished brief tales, and diverse essays written over the process six many years.
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