Analyze Elmore Leonard’s distinctive handling of point of view, in which the author seldom comments upon the action and narration is almost entirely filtered through the multiple viewpoints of several characters.
Discuss the moral implications of Leonard’s frequent use of criminals as the protagonists of his novels. What codes or principles do they follow instead of the law?
Most of Leonard’s novels are set in Detroit or Florida; all include detailed descriptions of real places. How do these highly realistic settings function in his novels?
One of Leonard’s great strengths as a writer is his use of dialogue. Analyze a scene in one of his novels that is handled almost entirely in dialogue. Show how his characters are developed through their manner of speaking.
Almost all of Leonard’s novels have been bought by film studios, and many have been made into motion pictures. What aspects of his writing lend themselves particularly well to film adaptation? What aspects might cause problems for adaptation?