The moonshine war

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Doubleday, 1969 - Fiction - 220 pages
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"The finest thriller writer alive." -- "The Village Voice."

"Mr. Leonard dazzles as he sprinkles his work continually with unexpected convolutions. . . his people are real, with nary a stereotype in the pack." -- "The New York Times Book Review."

It was Prohibition, and a big, hell-raising Son Martin had himself something special: $125,000 worth of Kentucky's finest home-made whiskey, no one was going to steal it. Because when it came to shooting, fighting, and outsmarting the Big Boys, Son Martin wasn't just good. He was bad . . .dangerous. . . and deadly.

"An absolute master." -- "The Detroit News."

"Elmore Leonard is the real thing. . . .he raise the hard-boiled suspense novel beyond the limits of the genre. . .he paints an acute picture of the world that is all too real and recognizable" -- "The Washington Post."

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Somewhere in between his Westerns and his crime fiction. Both chronologically in terms of history, as well as the kind of story he tells. Although to some extent, Dutch always wrote westerns even when he was writing crime fiction. Or vice versa. Read full review

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About the author (1969)

Elmore John Leonard, Jr., popularly known as mystery and western writer Elmore Leonard, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 11, 1925. He served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1943 to 1946. He received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Detroit in 1950. After graduating, he wrote short stories and western novels as well as advertising and education film scripts. In 1967, he began to write full-time and received several awards including the 1977 Western Writers of America award and the 1984 Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe award. His other works include Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, 3:10 to Yuma, and Rum Punch. Many of his works were adapted into movies. He successfully conquered alcoholism in the 1970s; details of his struggle with the bottle appear in author Dennis Wholey's 1986 book The Courage to Change.

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