Advanced Search



Gregg Sutter, Webmaster
E-Mail Me



"The next best thing to reading Elmore Leonard is re-reading him." -- Mike Lupica,
New York Daily News





permalink

Monday, December 17, 2012

Elmore Leonard Week: Elmore on Killshot and Detroit

Share

From ‘Doing What I Do: An Interview With Elmore Leonard’ by Anthony May (Contrappasso #2, December 2012)

Dates: 1st-3rd July, 1991

MAY: And it’s interesting that you’ve located yourself around Detroit. Just yesterday, as we were driving around the downtown, I thought your novelistic descriptions of Detroit were almost like a guide book to the city. Streets connect, places are there. Do you find that’s more difficult to do when you are dealing with other cities, with Miami or the New Orleans of Bandits [1987]?

LEONARD: No. It’s not more difficult because I find out what neighborhoods I’m gonna use and I study maps. I was always referring to this particular map when doing Rum Punch and Maximum Bob. West Palm, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Shores.

MAY: You say that you don’t think of yourself in that tradition of Chandler and Hammett but that writing is always located within a city.

LEONARD: But if we had lived in Buffalo, then there’s still crime in Buffalo. I didn’t pick Detroit in particular. Some people think I chose Detroit because it was, at the time, the murder capital of the US and it has a reputation. In the movies they were always sending away to Detroit to get a hit man.

Read the rest.



Recent Entries

• Sam Elliott & Garret Dillahunt Join FX’s ‘Justified’

• Elmore’s Great Opening Lines - Assembled by Alex Belth

• Books to Die For By John Connolly and Declan Burke _ Contains Elmore Essay on George V. Higgins

• How To Handle A Repo: Chapter 1 of Unknown Man No. 89

• Even Bank Robbers Decide What Tie To Wear: The Essence Of Elmore Leonard

• Guilty Pleasures: father of the modern western, king of crime

• Watch: Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules for (Criminal) Success and Happiness

• The American novels that should have won the Booker prize

• Elmore Leonard’s Rocky Road to Fame and Fortune

• Elmore Leonard “brought his characters close enough to life they could be touched”

• Elmore Leonard’s 10 Best Hollywood Quotes

• An exclusive lost scene from Elmore Leonard’s ‘Swag’

• Novel #16 Gunsights - A Late Western

• “He’s the one who recharged the American crime novel.”

• Life of Crime: Engaging film, watch it on a lazy weekend afternoon!


Archives