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

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,136 Ratings  ·  427 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

Hardcover, 228 pages
Published November 19th 2002 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2001)
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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
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
Oct 22, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
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
Guy Portman
Jun 21, 2016 Guy Portman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This compilation, consisting of 9 short stories, is named after its longest title, Fire In The Hole, the inspiration for the television series Justified. It begins with a Kentucky-based Nazi called Boyd blowing up a church with a grenade launcher. When US Marshal Raylan arrives to investigate, he becomes reacquainted with Ava, an old school friend. Ava has recently killed her husband, Boyd’s brother.

Vengeful Colombian mail order brides are the subjects of When the Women Come Out to Dance. The ap
Oct 03, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it
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
Aug 09, 2015 Mimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2014 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miscellaneous
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
Feb 08, 2014 RandomAnthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 24, 2014 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tom V
Jan 09, 2014 Tom V rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 30, 2016 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
This is a collection of nine stories by Leonard, including "Fire in the Hole," which was what the TV series Justified was based on. That's really the reason I bought the book, but I liked best the final piece, a novella length work called "Tenkiller." "The Tonto Woman" is also very good, and the only one I'd really call a western. The rest are mostly crime tales. No clinkers in the bunch but these three were the best to me.
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
Feb 18, 2016 Still rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you know who you are or who you emulate

Purchased the original collection when it was called "When The Girls Come Out To Dance'.
I was 3 0r 4 novellas into this before I realized I owned the original anthology despite delighting in the short stories once again.
It's Elmore Leonard.
It's brillaint.
The fogggggg you want out of life?

Recommended to Elmore Lenonard fetishists.

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--
Kate Simmons
Dec 31, 2012 Kate Simmons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Greg Z
Feb 05, 2016 Greg Z rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
The real gem here is "The Tonto Woman". The title story, "When the Women come out to Dance" is good. But the rest felt like filler material to me, like a cd/album with just one or two good songs. "Fire in the Hole" and "Tenkiller" felt like first drafts of novels which the author ultimately gave up on and published as is. Truly great short stories are few and far between, as are great novels or great films. This collection, overall, is just okay for me. But I highly recommend the aforementioned ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Clay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Paul Cockeram
Elmore Leonard is an American institution along the lines of Louis L'amour, a bit of gold mined from the same vein as Stephen King. Leonard gets credit for doing unto crime fiction as King has done unto horror, elevating the genre to a more literary and respectable status. And Leonard's dialogue, which sparkles and shimmers and delivers tough-guy characterization and robust emotional subtext in just about every exchange, is worth the price of admission by itself. In fact, I heard Leonard state i ...more
Dec 04, 2013 wally rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leonard
this must be the 5th...6th...or 7th from leonard for me...stories.

the extras
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

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

the extras
i dunno...on this kindle i'm readi
Don Casto
May 31, 2013 Don Casto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike (the Paladin)
May 01, 2010 Mike (the Paladin) rated it liked it
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
Jun 12, 2011 Jeannette rated it liked it
Shelves: eclectic-readers
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Apr 27, 2013 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 15, 2013 Nathália rated it really liked it
I bought this book to read The Tonto Woman. I loved the idea behind the story and wanted to see what Elmore Leonard could do with it. And it was pretty good. Not my favorite, but it was worth it. (this was based on a true story, more informations on the EL website)

So, the other ones.

Well, i read the ebook version, a good one, with extras about many other books by the author, movies, an interview with Martin Amis and the famous 10 rules of writing. Great stuff.

I think i have 2 favorites in this
Sep 25, 2015 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining stories, some of the stories would be fun to see expanded into to novels but Leonard does a great job of getting his point across in such a short time you aren't really left wanting. A great read for any Leonard fan or for someone who doesn't want to commit time to a full novel without sacrificing a quality read
Dec 19, 2014 wally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leonard
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:
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

an excerpt from raylan

and other stuff...least on the kindle which is where i'm at...many of the leonard s
Mar 09, 2015 Pamela rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
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.
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
I'll admit off the bat that short stories really aren't my thing, but I feel comfortable saying that this collection had a few high points (most notably "The Tonto Woman") some that were good, and many more that were either okay or not memorable at all. I'm averaging out at 2 stars.
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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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