The Hot Kid (Carl Webster #1)
When the The New York Times calls someone "the greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever," that's no small compliment. This talented author has shown an extraordinary range in his work, from westerns to crime stories (both contemporary and historical) to a novel about baseball and more.
In The Hot Kid, Elmore "Dutch" Leonard breaks new gro...more
It's a 1930s gangster piece. Carlos Webster is the son of a wealthy pecan farmer. At 15 he shot a man who was trying to rustle his cattle. His father observed, "Good lord, this one's got a tough bark on him." He also encounters a wanted felon who, in the course of robbing a store and shooting a tribal police off...more
I like the spare, honest, straightforward language Leonard uses to describe characters who are all those things.
There is a hero--a boy who grows up to be a lawman, a dead shot with a gun--he defeats his enemy, but on his terms, and is never diminished by him; he gets his girl; has the love of his dad.
But the story is the farthest thing from simplistic, formulaic fluff. It's a very real portrait...more
Elmore Leonard, where have you been all my life? All the hours I’ve scanned shelves looking for good books, I could’ve been reading yours. And now I will. Every. Single. One.
The above is a copy of an email I sent to author Elmore Leonard. I sent it through Leonard’s researcher, Gregg Sutter, because Leonard doesn’t own a computer. The author’s written more than...more
Don't get me wrong this is a pleasurable read, great setting, even more believable characters than usual. But. As a fan who's read everything he's written.. & as a student of fiction writing (which causes me to find technical reasons for my issues).. In Leonard's latest books, we learn of more & more of the action remotely, throu...more
Piaciuta la proposizione condizionale? Bene, eccone subito un'altra*: chi subisce il fascino degli anni Trenta americani (la Depressione, le ballads di Woody Guthrie, gli hoboes a bordo dei treni-merci, le lotte del movimento operaio americano, il neonato FBI che dà la caccia a John Dillinger, Warren Beatty...more
The Hot Kid was certainly an interesting read, and definitely has the same kind of flavor as Justified. Sure, this time it's Carl the Marshall, a hispanic/native american kid passing as a white boy in Ok...more
All the hallmarks of Leonard's long success are here: mordant wit, lightning-crack dialogue, and an unerring storytelling instinct. It is the same formula that has turned books like Get Shorty into bestsellers and Hollywood favorites. But even in his 80th year, the master is stretching his legs. He finds his path by stepping back in time to his early childhood in Oklahoma and the beginnings of his career as a writer of westerns. All that experience comes to bear on The Hot Kid, which, in a caree...more
I'd never read any Elmore Leonard before I picked this up from my library's sale bin. All of 20p and a few months later, I found myself enthralled in this strange tale of a near-perfect young lawman and his tearaway rich-kid arch enemy as they leave a trail of blood and bullets through speak-easies, robbed banks and whorehouses in mid-west America....more
Going into this I didn't really expect much. I found it on the shelf of...more
Genre: Western, Thriller
Start with an equal measure of Prohibition, rum-running, shoot-outs, outlaws and bank robberies. Throw in some heaping spoonfuls of witty, period appropriate language and love stories. Top with the traditional good guy versus bad guy angle and you get the totally engrossing story, The Hot Kid.
The two central characters of this book are Jack Belmont, a wannabe bank robber, and Carl Webster, US Deputy Marshal. These men encounter e...more
Carl Webster “If I have to pull my weapon I’ll shoot to kill”
Raylan Givens “If you make me pull, I’ll put you down”
How cool would it be if Raylan encountered an elderly Carl Webster one day? They wou...more
Not surprisingly, I think my chances of meeting such a person are slim. So I'll just keep reading Elmore Leonard novels like The Hot Kid, imagining myself as a gun moll and wi...more
This was my introduction to Elmore Leonard, and I'm glad I started here. It's an awesome story set in the world of 1930s gangsters and gun molls, following a young kid, Carl Webster, who grows up wanting to become a U.S. Marshall and catch bad guys because a gangster stole his ice cream cone. Sounds like kind of a goofy premise, but it totally works. What follows is a cool story filled with twists and turns as Carl's foil, spoiled rich kid Jack Belmont, sets out to become America's roughest...more
It's worth reading for its syntax -- Leonard has a way of writing, word by word, that feels d...more
Weak on plot, slow dialogue I just didn't get into it. "Milk on his mustache" seemed to be the critical image that drove the main character, that I won't even waste a summary on.
I wish I could follow the advice of Robin Sharma when he said "If you find that after reading the first three chapters of a book, you have not gained any worthwhile information or that the b...more