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Out of Sight by Elmore Leonard Review

Elmore Leonard was a master of crime fiction writing. He wrote over 45 novels, many of them turned into TV series or movies. Mystery buffs know Leonard for his tight writing and on-point dialogue. The movie based on Out of Sight starred George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez.

Leonard was a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the Grand Master Award for the Mystery Writers of America. Many have called Leonard the “Dickens of Detroit.”

First Sentence

Foley had never seen a prison where you could walk right up to the front gate without getting shot.

Summary
Out of Sight with Jack Foley

Out of Sight by Elmore Leonard

Many critics have chosen Out of Sight as one of Elmore Leonard’s top novels. The reader will find Continue reading

The Hardboiled Mystery

Hard Boiled Detectives The classical mystery story came to its heyday in the 1920s and 30s. World War I had just ended, and the world was coming through the 1918 flu pandemic that infected a third of the world’s population.

In England, the classic mystery had already been established by Edgar Allen Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The stories showed the reader a very upper society, very proper, with tea being served often. The detective often had a tie to police, but were intellectually superior. They were often given a reluctant acceptance by the local law enforcement officer. Sometimes, the police would call them in because they couldn’t solve the case, but more often the detective burst onto the scene, showing up the helpless officer.

But in America, we saw the emergence of a different type of detective in the hardboiled detective mysteries. In another kind of society, Dashielle Hammett and Raymond Chandler introduced us to the private eye. Often a lone wolf, who tried to dispense his own style of justice in a world with few rules.

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