Bibliography (Masterplots II: American Fiction Series, Revised Edition)
Geherin, David. Elmore Leonard. New York: Continuum, 1989. The first full-length study of Leonard. Starts with a short biography and then summarizes and analyzes the novels and some stories. The last chapter, “Why Is Elmore Leonard So Good?”, makes a good case for Leonard as a major American writer, and the bibliography is a useful research tool.
Hynes, Joseph. “ High Noon in Detroit:’ Elmore Leonard’s Career.” Journal of Popular Culture 25 (Winter, 1991): 181-186. Hynes examines several books by Leonard, demonstrating that Leonard’s works are superior to mainstream mystery stories. Although Leonard is well regarded by his colleagues, some critics have awarded him a lower rating than he deserves.
Leonard, Elmore. “A Conversation with . . . Elmore Leonard.” Interview by Lewis Burke Frumkes. The Writer 110 (November, 1997): 22-24. Leonard discusses the writing process, revealing that he does not plot a novel before he begins to write. He also prefers to write from the point of view of various characters and makes use of dialogue to advance the story. Although it does not discuss LaBrava directly, this is a useful interview that offers interesting insight into Leonard’s thought processes as he writes.
Millner, Cork. “Elmore Leonard: The Best Ear in the Business.” Writer’s...
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