I just heard more Sweetmary news from the man. Mr. Leonard said that the story is moving to Palm Springs.
Palm Springs is a perfect setting for an Elmore Leonard book.
I love how Elmore is always talking about his next book while promoting the current one. When he was on Charlie Rose’s show back in 2010, he seemed to spend as much time talking about his plans for Djibouti as he did promoting Road Dogs.
Well, so much for Ben Webster being the bull rider….
“I’m writing a book called “Sweetmary.” Sweetmary is a privately run prison in Arizona. There are three Apache Indian boys who are 20 and one of them is a bull rider and he wins, he stays on three bulls for eight seconds each in the Indian rodeo and wins $4,000. And he and his two friends, who are bull handlers, all go out to celebrate. They’re having a good time drinking tequila and beer-chasers and the guy at the next table is with immigration enforcement.
He takes exception to these boys and they mouth off at him and he throws them in jail. They don’t have identification. He’s the bad guy.
But I want to bring Raylan in. I need Raylan in this one”