I read Bandits a while back and loved it. Haven’t re-read any of EL’s books yet, but I’d like to. Tishomingo Blues is definitely a more recent favorite, as is The Hot Kid. The new stuff seems just as edgy and funny as all the rest. There are so many great books by EL, we could easily have a discussion on each one. I’ve got a few more to read before I can say I’ve read them all.
Thinking way back, I really enjoyed Cuba Libre. It was probably one of the first half dozen or so to reach my library. And I had to check it again when Carl Webster’s dad was revealed to have been blown up in Cuba in the late 1800s.
Stick is probably my all time favorite, though it’s very difficult to choose just one. I loved Valdez is Coming too. It was the first EL western I read, probably 3 or 4 years ago now. I just recently read 3 other EL westerns: Gunsights, Hombre, and The Bounty Hunters. All terrific!
Edit to original post: The last EL book I read was acutally Maximum Bob, not Mr. Paradise. I put off purchasing Maximum Bob because it seemed to receive tepid reviews on Amazon.com. Then when I saw it at the library I couldn’t resist. That was one heck of a story. I loved it!!! Reminded me of his more recent efforts: Tishomingo Blues and The Hot Kid. Right up there with Stick for me.
Can’t wait to see the new book.