Ideas for Group Discussions
The police procedural is a popular crime fiction sub-genre, among the practitioners of which are the late J. J. Marric (John Creasey) of England, who wrote the Gideon of Scotland Yard novels, and the American Ed McBain, whose 87th Precinct books are highly regarded. A useful starting point for a discussion of Glitz would be to consider how this novel parallels and departs from the standard patterns of the police procedural.
1. Like that of Pronto, the plot of Glitz is simple, involving little more than a chase. Are the novels, then, essentially the same except for their different casts of characters?
2. Do you agree with Leonard's judgment that his style, tone, and sound are the same in Glitz as in earlier novels such as Fifty-Two Pickup?
3. The major women characters are independent and brighter than the men. In what other Leonard novels do the females stand out in this way?
4. Leonard's crime fiction is atypical for the genre in that he does not have a recurring detective who confronts cases predictably in book after book. This said, does Vincent Mora have obvious precedents (albeit by different names) in any of the fifteen or so Leonard crime novels that precede Glitz?
5. Is Teddy Magyk realistically drawn? Does Leonard want the reader to sympathize at all with this psychopathic murderer?
6. A critic has called Magyk Leonard's "creepiest villain." Do...
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