The Moonshine War
Reading an Elmore Leonard book is like bullshitting with an old friend on their front porch. In this case, it would be whiskey we'd be drinking instead of a couple frosty beers.
Rural Kentucky in the 1930'...more
But there is more here for readers that are i...more
First read June 2011
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I wanted to see if this was still my favorite and yes, yes it is.
Son Martin was said to have 150 barrels stashed somewhere on his property, that his daddy had made. Eight years later, the well aged whiskey was getting some attention. Leonard is just a darn good (as they would say back then) writer, storyteller,a with some thrills thrown in.
Prohibition is a big headache for some . . . and a big payday for others, the fearless entrepreneurs with little respect for the law of the land. With $125,000 worth of Kentucky's finest homemade whiskey in his possession, big, hell-raising Son Martin counts himself among the latter. Son knows having this much illegal hooch makes him a very tasty target, but nobody's going to steal it from him. Ware may be coming to his backyard, but Son's not worried. Because when it comes to fighting, shootin
Being female, I recogniz...more
I suffer from ELADS - Elmore Leonard Attention Deficit Syndrome. His books grab me at the get-go, then leave me drifting away somewhere in the middle. His fault or mine? I don't know, but this one was different. I was gripped tightly, in a good way, the whole way through this thrilling read.
Like his father before...more
The Moonshine War is a historical fiction piece set in 1930's Kentucky during prohibition. Immediately you get a terrific sense of presence, as the author sets up a whiskey raid...more
The Moonshine War is the story of Son Martin a Prohibition Era bootlegger in rural Kentucky. Son's father hid over $100,000 of top grade moonshine. Now Frank Long, an old army buddy of Martin's is looking for it. Long is now a prohibition agent and wants the whiskey for himself. Long brings in some bootleggers to help him and things get hot.
This book was published in 1969, but like all great books, still holds up to repeated readings. This has Leonard's classic style. Heavy emphasis on dialogue,...more
So. The set up: Son Martin has inherited some whiskey from his father and has hidden it somewhere. People know about it, including one individual from the government who means to s...more
this is the ______ from leonard for me.
dedicated for jim bill simpson and buck beshear
looks to be fifteen chapters long...my version is the kindle version...not the ebook, but that was the closest available and i don't assume there's much difference.
It's 1931 and Long is a Federal agent now, a revenuer. But he wants the profit for himself and enlists the aid of Dr. Emmett Taulbee, an ex-dentist, ex-con, now a bootlegger, and his army of gunmen.
The writing is a little clunky, but the characters are strong and the story simple and without many wasted words (as expected).