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When the Women Come Out to Dance (Raylan Givens #3)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  3,516 ratings  ·  383 reviews

The New York Times has called Elmore Leonard "the greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever." Of course, there's much more to his writing than just crime, and there's no better way to show the broad range of this author's talents than with a collection. It offers variety for diehard fans and is a great sampler for readers who've been looking for the best place to sta

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Hardcover, 228 pages
Published November 19th 2002 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2001)
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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
Bill  Kerwin

This collection of Elmore Leonard's short fiction was originally entitled When the Women Come Out to Dance, but the title was changed to capitalize on its connection to FX's Justified. “Fire in the Hole” is the novella which inspired the series, and was used as the basis for the plot of its first episode. (The series did it justice, but the novella is better.)

At least half the book is taken up with two novellas, the aforementioned “Fire in the Hole” and “Ten Killer”, the tale of a confrontation
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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
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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Mimi
3 out of 5 stars

After finishing this short story collection, I now understand why Elmore Leonard is considered a classic in contemporary Western.He's a skilled writer of viable dialogues that keep his stories moving forward even when there isn't much happening.

Leonard's style can be described simply as punchy because it can pack a punch and punctuate a seemingly simple story with lots of undertones. His writing might look like straight-forward pulp fiction, but there's a sense of "literary liter
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Eric_W
A collection of really excellent (well, most of them) stories by Elmore Leonard. My favorites were the collection titled story, "Fire in the Hole" that provided much of the background and basis for the "Justified" TV series (very good, btw.) "Karen Makes Out" was lots of fun. Karen is a U.S. Marshal who has been smitten by Carl, a man wanted (they think) by the FBI for bank robbery. How she deals with it is delightful, indeed. Shades of Raylan in that girl. "Hurrah for Captain Early" provides a ...more
RandomAnthony
Goddamn, Fire in the Hole is smart fun. I'm not much of a short story reader but Leonard's short stories are the perfect length, almost like well-told bar stories or the best of popcorn movies. The title story (the genesis of the Justified tv show) makes me want to kiss my fingers and say "perfect" like a French waiter or something. Leonard was a treasure. There's not a bad story in the bunch. The only problem is the book's length, 162 short pages that make me want to bang myself on the head wit ...more
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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Tom V
God Bless Elmore Leonard, and rest in peace, Dutch. These little collected stories have been on display before in an earlier paste-up called When the Women Came Out to Dance (I believe that's the title.)

Nevertheless, if you want to see what it's like to get inside the head of one of the last fifty years' greatest authors, then do yourself a service and dive on in. Leonard's prose is so true-to-story, and so "right" for the telling of his story, that I sit and wonder in amazement,"How does he DO
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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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Kate Simmons
This the short story that spawned the FX series, Justified. It is almost word-for-word the pilot episode (with a notable difference at the end), and the show has done a great job staying true to the tone of the original story.
Clay
I picked up Fire in the Hole as part of a Kindle bundle on an Elmore Leonard kick after getting addicted to the FX TV series Justified based on Leonard's character Raylan Givens. Fire in the Hole was the last book in the bundle and I'd put it off for a bit. Turns out Fire in the Hole was a collection of Leonard's short stories rather than a complete Raylan Givens novel. Oh well, it turned out being pretty good.

There wasn't much of a theme to the selection of stories: a few modern tales of reveng
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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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Don Casto
Until reading this collection of short stories my only time spent with Elmore Leonard was in reading his "Raylan" books. These books were both the inspiration for and source material for scenes in the "Justified" television series on the FX channel. I am happy to report that his short stories expanded my already lofty appreciation for Leonard's writing.

In the collection is a story called "Fire in the Hole" . . .which was loosely adapted for the first episode of "Justified". Without breaking my e
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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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Justin
I've read Elmore Leonard before but didn't fully appreciate his writing until watching the show Justified. That FX series, starring Timothy Olyphant as a Kentucky US marshal who is as almost as much of an outlaw as the criminals he hunts, is... okay. In four seasons it's had some great moments, and for my money, many of them, if not the majority of them, come during the very first few episodes, when the teleplays were still heavily based on already-existing Leonard stories. From there, the write ...more
wally
may...i read these stories in may and it is december now and i am catching up. i've read 45 stories from leonard...more, if you count up the individual stories in the assorted collections. leonard never disappoints.

inside you find:
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
tonto woman
tenkiller

an excerpt from raylan

and other stuff...least on the kindle which is where i'm at...many of the leonard s
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Pamela
A series of short stories from one of America's most prolific authors. I enjoy his novels better (some have the same characters as these short stories). The shorter pieces are too distilled. I've spent enough time with lowlifes, criminals and iffy lawmen, I guess.
Cheryl
This book is a compilation of nine well written short stories with characters whose lives fall just outside the norm. These stories are gritty, ironic, sometimes humorous, and always end with some sort of twist. An interesting, enjoyable read!
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
Jim
"And other stories" is the key clause here, because if you bought this book to get new material on Raylan, well, you will be disappointed. And the erroneous classification by GR of the book as "Raylan Givens #4" didn't help much, either. No, it is a ploy to get the gullible to purchase a book they most otherwise would not have. However, that does not mean the remaining short stories did not prove entertaining, because many of them were. I like short stories. I just don't like the bait & swit ...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
Nov 01, 2014 Ariel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: adult
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
Kathy
Elmore Leonard has such a way with dialogue. His dialogue is easy, flowing and natural. The writing is spare and there are no extra words or lengthy prose in his stories. While short stories are not my favorite form of writing, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My favorites were Fire In The Hole and Tenkiller.
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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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