Revisiting genre giants Elmore Leonard and Henning Mankell

October 16th, 2011 by Zirk van den Berg § 0 comments § permalink

In the last two weeks, I revisited two of my favourite crime writers and learned a thing or two – not all of it positive.

Both of these authors have long reached the stage where their names dwarf the actual book titles on the covers. This, more than any printed claim, is the sure sign that an author is successful. So, kids, dreaming of publishing a book isn’t the ticket any more – » Read the rest of this entry «

Crime writer Elmore Leonard’s best book isn’t a crime book

May 19th, 2011 by Zirk van den Berg § 0 comments § permalink

To some, Elmore Leonard is famous for writing Get Shorty. To others, he’s the cool crime writer who leaves out the parts readers usually skip. Some may even remember him for his early Westerns like Hombre. Not many will equate his name with a book that is neither Western nor crime story.

It is called » Read the rest of this entry «

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