The Complete Western Short Stories of Elmore Leonard completes for the time being. my compulsion with Elmore Leonard’s work, which was always there, but which turned into nearly an addiction following his death . From modern Detroit and Miami to frontier Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico, the Leonard’s career traversed more time and space than perhaps any other American writer.
My answer to the tendency to pick a favorite from this group is “The Nagual.” I’d give the award to “Tonto Woman,” but I already picked it from When the Women Come Out To Dance, so it was declared ineligible. Besides, “Nagual” has a paranormal element to it that seldom appears in L’s work, so I hereby hand over the statuette.
We’re righteously lucky to have had this man in our midst.