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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  1,856 ratings  ·  234 reviews
For a limited time, and at a special price, read Fire in the Hole, the basis for the pilot episode of the hit FX series Justified, in which U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens meets up with an old friend in Harlan County—though they’re now on different sides of the law.

Also included is a special sneak peek at Elmore Leonard’s new novel, Raylan, available wherever books are sold Jan
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ebook, 100 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by William Morrow (first published November 19th 2002)
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Kemper
Reading this collection of Elmore Leonard short stories was kind of like going to a family reunion and having your mother give you running commentary on all the people you haven‘t seen a while. "Remember Carl Webster from The Hot Kid ? That’s his grandson Ben. He’s trying to run some redneck squatters off the family farm. And there’s Karen Sisco! Why, I haven’t seen her since she was chasing that bank robber in Out of Sight . Raylan Givens over there has his very own TV show now. We’re all so pr ...more
Jim
A fantastic collection of short stories, it starts out with a couple of short sketches that are more interesting than they should be for what they are. Leonard's writing really shines as he manages to use a short scene to paint entire people & years of history.

Other stories include the one on which the TV series Justified is based & one with Karen Sisco, another interesting marshal. Plus plenty more, including 2 that I had previously read in his western stories. They were just as good t
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Eric
Oct 03, 2011 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Justified
This review is solely on 'Fire in the Hole', the only story I've read in the collection so far.

I've wanted to read 'Fire in the Hole' since I started watching Justified, which is one of my favorite shows on television now. So when I saw the short story collection it was in at a book sale for a dollar, it was an easy decision to make (despite my repeatedly telling myself not to buy more books while I have so many sitting at home unread).

I loved the hell out of this story, even after knowing the b
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Cathy DuPont
Four stars, absolutely four solid stars.

The title story, When Women Come Out to Dance the last story along with two other stories I would rate higher but the remaining (and majority) short stories, three and four stars.

Unfortunately I haven't been able to locate a list of the title of the nine stories otherwise I would know their names but it matters not, they were all fun. A couple of them just turned me upside down with a big "Huh????" "What? Lemme think a minute."

So silly us...while we're
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Jamie
Every time I read this— which is a lot, a lot— there’s another familiar face I’m thrilled to see. It’s like family. And while I’ve always got this handy to flip to whatever story I feel like, now and then, I just have to get all the kids together and read it front to back. This time, it was “Hurrah for Capt. Early” that grabbed me more than it has before.

Damn, these stories are the best. The best.

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May 2010: Mmm-hmmm.

Felt like taking this everywhere with me today and for the record that’s ne
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David Williams
First book in the Year of Elmore Leonard. This is a collection of short stories that cover both the crime and western genres. There are some familiar names here. A fun Karen Sisco story and a story about the grandson of Carl Webster. The highlight for many will be the Raylan Givens story "Fire in the Hole." This is the story that inspired the FX series Justified. This is classic Leonard writing and is a pleasure to read. You could read this book straight through and then come back and just savor ...more
Rhonda Browning White
I selected this collection; first, because I'd never read Elmore Leonard's work and know so many love it, and second, because I wanted to read "Fire in the Hole", the short story on which one of my favorite series, "Justified", is based. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed.

The stories were good, in and of themselves. I particularly liked the title story, "When the Women Come Out to Dance," and "Tenkiller" was another good one. However, the language in the stories left me wanted, as did--
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wally
this must be the 5th...6th...or 7th from leonard for me...stories.

contents
the extras
sparks
hanging out at the buena vista
chickasaw charlie hoke
when the women come out to dance
fire in the hole
karen makes out
hurrah for capt. early
the tonto woman
tenkiller

then it has an "about the author"..."also by elmore leonard"...credits...copyright...about the publisher...that i'm tempted to look at now...my curiosity is aroused...could be some racy details there...nah

the extras
i dunno...on this kindle i'm readi
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Mike (the Paladin)
I am not (in general) either a fan of mystery/thriller type books or Elmore Leonard. That being said I looked this book up because of (yes I'm about to admit this) the new TV program Justified. Okay, I have kind of enjoyed it so far. The story Fire in the Hole is about the longest story in the volume.

The stories have a lot of Leonard's trademark outlook on life, and it's a hard one. Fire in the Hole has a bit of it to, but I like the character. So, as with the Keller books by Lawrence Block it s
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Jeannette
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Holly Foley (Procida)
Elmore Leonard is one of my favorite authors. I love the directness of his writing. This collection of short stories had good variety. My favorite was "Hurrah for Captain Early". It is set in 1898 and tells the fictionalized story of an African American soldier returning from the Spanish American War (Bo Catlett). The War "hero" that is being given the big welcome was Captain Early, but Bo knew of his cowardice during the battle he become famous for. Interestingly Leonard reuses the character na ...more
Brenna
This is my first introduction to Elmore Leonard, and I was seriously impressed. I haven't been drawn into a story so much that I forgot that I was reading in a very long time, then I picked this up. The prose is exquisitely spare, the stories are scene and dialogue driven, and it's purely entertaining in the fashion that reminds one that for all their pretention, literary novels are not necessarily the best examples of top notch fiction writing. Those veiled autobiography types could stand to ta ...more
Soho_black
Even if you don’t read much, you may know the work of Elmore Leonard. After all, such is his reputation as a crime and thriller writer, that they’ve been making films of his novels since 1957. Tarantino turned his novel “Rum Punch” into “Jackie Brown”, and “Out of Sight” and “Get Shorty” (as well as the currently being made follow up “Be Cool”) were originally Elmore Leonard novels.

Having discovered the author by taking a chance on a recommendation, I’ve never looked back. After all, an Elmore L
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Ariel
i started this book of short stories because one of them, "Fire in the Hole," is the basis for the TV show "Justified," which I've been binge-watching on cable. I always love Elmore Leonard. I love the way he strips everything down to the essence of things: human conflicts, moral dilemmas, crackling dialogue, quick wit, tense plot lines, strong characters. There is nothing in here that doesn't have to be in here to make it work. In some ways, that pared down quality is more typical or more appro ...more
Helen Southall
Excellent series of short stories by a renowned mystery writer. The stories show a great range of writing skills. I was impressed by the range going from typical "gumshoe"mysteries to more character-based vignettes. I particularly enjoyed his handling of women as major protagonists in many of the stories. Recommend this book for anyone who wants a sampling of one icons in the mystery field.
Frank Jarome
I'll be honest, my review is basically for the title story. I've gotten into the show "Justified" recently, and was curious to see how accurate a depiction it was of the short story on which it was based. The answer? Incredibly accurate, right down to most of the dialogue. A very good read, and I'll definitely be checking out some of Leonard's other Raylan Givens stories
Nitya Sivasubramanian
The greatest pleasure of reading a well-crafted short story is knowing that no matter its quality, your time will not be wasted. And with a writer like Elmore Leonard, that's doubly true because his deft hand with plot twists and dialogues are sure to entertain.

So this collection was definitely a pleasure. Each story was packed with just enough intrigue and detail to be pleasing without becoming tiresome. As per usual, I forgot to pace myself and shot through the book in a single sitting, so at
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Jon
A Goodreads friend highly recommended this collection of short stories, reprinted under the name Fire in the Hole. I enjoyed it for the same reasons he did: the stories varied widely in place, time, and plot; the form allowed Leonard to display his strengths in dialogue and concentrated attention; and the majority of them involved confrontations that could easily have escalated (with the kind of people Leonard liked to write about) into extreme violence. But in most of these cases, refreshingly, ...more
Justin Sorbara-Hosker
This would be a 3.5 if I could do it, & it's classic Dutch. Would ramble on further, but don't feel like giving Amazon content.
Lori Calderone
The novella "Justified" is based on. Very good story, had to read...
Robbie
This is a short but solid collection of Elmore Leonard stories. Leonard does some things that are great where most writers fall on their faces. For starters, his dialogue is fantastic, whether the relationship is adversarial and tense, or whether it is flirtatious and sensual. He writes love making well and realistically - I've read many a book where it would have been preferable to leave out that particular subject all together. Most of the stories here are more about the build-up than the actu ...more
Mark
The characters in an Elmore Leonard story are strong and sometimes fearless, and the characters in this collection of short stories are no exception. This reader easily slipped into these stories and enjoyed reading about their various adventures. Their situations might be foreign to my experience, but the way that Leonard spins a tale invites one to imagine being right in the middle of it. There is humor and pathos and just good old-fashioned fun between these pages. The dialog is genuine. One ...more
Jesse Bornemann
It's a particular relief to dig into a crime novel whose author cares as much about language as plot -- sort of like biting into a candy bar that is known to contain high dietary fiber. In this short story collection, Elmore Leonard doesn't waste time with an extra adverb or dangling participle. He makes his characters get down to business, starting from the first sentence. Leonard's story openers are packed with more fact and memorable detail than most novelists' first five chapters (ex, from " ...more
Craig Pittman
Sometimes I think Elmore Leonard should write nothing but short stories. His novels -- especially the recent ones, like "Djibouti" -- can be scattershot, with entertaining characters and dialogue but plots that meander around and never quite come in for a landing. But when he's hemmed in by the narrower confines of a short story, he sticks to the subject at hand and his plots are as well-formed as every other element of the story. This collection, previously published as "When the Women Come Out ...more
Alec
The concept of the short story is decidedly antiquated. It takes most of the advantages the written word has over other artistic mediums (steady and complex character development, extended time horizons, etc.) and completely eliminates them. Unless the author is Ken Cosgrove, what you're left with is often a one dimensional piece of boredom or a bit of artistic masturbation that will end up unread in the New Yorker. Either way, I'm going to skip it and stick to a medium that excels at the short ...more
John
This collection epitomizes my hopelessness with regard to literary taste and discretion. I've love short fiction and mystery/noir fiction. I know the author’s name and have enjoyed movies based on his books. So this seemed like it was right up my ally. And it was. I enjoyed the stories in this collection. Some more than others but my overall experience was positive. For preference, I'd admit that I prefer works of the golden age more but, if that was a damning indictment it would exclude some of ...more
Scott
To paraphrase Melville's Ahab: thar be spoilers ahead, so if it's the final assessment ye be wantin', skip down to the last graf and be done wi' it.

A note on the edition: this collection has been recently re-released under the title _Fire in the Hole_ and with a label designed to catch the eye of fans of FX's "Justified." Thus, in the interests of full disclosure: I might claim to be a "long-time fan of Elmore Leonard"--dating, in my case, back to those wonderful years in the mid-to-late ninetie
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Leew49
"Fire in the Hole," the centerpiece of this collection of Elmore Leonard short stories, was the inspiration for the TV series "Justified," and pretty much the plot outline for the first season. The stories in this volume are a good representation of Leonard's work, including sharp, believable dialogue; social commentary, crime, action, and--most of all--intriguing relationships. In almost every story we see characters meeting for the first time, sizing each other up like boxers circling in the o ...more
Patrick McCoy
I was inspired to pick up Elmore Leonard’s short story collection When The Women Come Out To Dance after learning that the story “Fire In The Hole” inspired FX’s great new TV series Justified. It is a fine story that was well cannibalized for the pilot. Apparently, the main character Raylan Givens makes his first appearances in the novels Riding The Rap and Pronto. The collection was published in 2002, but one of the stories were originally printed in 1982, it seems most of the others were writt ...more
Renee
I requested this collection from the library so that I could read the Raylan short story "Fire in the Hole" and instead discovered a whole collection that was really a lot of fun. The Raylan story is the basis of the pilot episode/season of _Justified_ with a couple of really major changes in the translation to the screen. I won't say what one of those is, but the other, finding out that in the books Raylan's crafty morally corrupt father Arlo died in a mining accident with Boyd Crowder's father ...more
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Elmore John Leonard lived in Dallas, Oklahoma City and Memphis before settling in Detroit in 1935. After serving in the navy, he studied English literature at the University of Detroit where he entered a short story competition. His earliest published novels in the 1950s were westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into m ...more
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