17 Sep
Original copyright 1954 Paperback edition by HarperTorch, a trademark of HarperCollins 2002 281 pages

Original copyright 1954
Paperback edition by HarperTorch, a trademark of HarperCollins 2002
281 pages

Elmore Leonard’s 2nd novel – a western, first published in 1954, The Law at Randado is a departure from the genre of books I’m used to reading. And, I think that’s why it attracted me. Generally speaking, I’ve never been a fan of Leonard’s work so, if I read this one through to the end, it will certainly be a bolt from out of the blue to me.

Elmore ‘Dutch’ Leonard died in 2013, at the age of 87. He was working on his 42nd book at the time. I really didn’t pay much of a mind other than the fact that he was a writer who had passed. I didn’t know him, having never read him even though there are 6 of his books on one of my shelves, right next to LeCarre (another writer I haven‘t read). Thing is, truth be told, I probably have more Leonard books somewhere. Seems to me I saw a couple upstairs …..

Leonard was more than a writer of westerns, he was better known for his gritty crime stories, and suspense thrillers such as: Get Shorty; Rum Punch; and The Big Bounce. A few years ago, I saw a movie adapted for the screen, based on his book: 310 to Yuma (written in 1957), which I especially liked.

I helped myself to The Law at Randado recently when I was browsing through the books on the shelves at the community book-swap room. ‘Welcome to take one …..’ So I did.




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