A collection of fifteen stories, eleven of which have never been previously published, from the early career of bestselling American master Elmore Leonard. Over his long and illustrious career, Elmore Leonard was recognized as one of the greatest crime writers of all time, the author of dozens of bestselling books-many adapted for the big screen-as well as a master of short fiction. A superb stylist whose crisp, tight prose crackled with trademark wit and sharp dialogue, Leonard remains the standard for crime fiction and a literary model for writers of every genre. Marked by his unmistakable grit and humor, the stories in Charlie Martz and Other Stories-produced early in his career, when he was making his name particularly with westerns-reveal a writer in transition, exploring new voices and locations, from the bars of small-town New Mexico and Michigan to a film set in Hollywood, a hotel in Southern Spain, even a military base in Kuala Lumpur. They also introduce us to classic Leonard characters, some who recur throughout the collection, such as aging lawman Charlie Martz and weary former matador Eladio Montoya. Devoted Leonard aficionados and fans new to his fiction will marvel at these early works that reveal an artist on the cusp of greatness.
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by Elmore Leonard
by M.G. Leonard
by Devin Leonard
by Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
by Gena Showalter
by Barry Lancet
by Helene Tursten
"This collection is packed with entertaining nuggets, and the narrators are all on target, but the Elmore Leonard stories themselves--most of them early, unpublished works--use styles and techniques that Leonard would later abandon or refine. For example, Will Patton starts the collection with the right mix of cynicism and fatalism in One, Horizontal, a noir-ish first-person tale with an O. Henry ending, all elements that Leonard later shunned. This formula--great narration and unexpected stylings from Leonard--makes CHARLIE MARTZ an oddity among Elmore Leonard's 40+ audiobooks. The thematic seeds are there--the underestimated man, women and men as partners, the battle against social injustice--but the stories are missing the twinkling dialogue and light pacing of the mature Leonard. Kudos to all the narrators, especially Tish Hicks. R.W.S. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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