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

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Existential Ennui: Elmore Leonard’s Debut Crime Novel: The Big Bounce; First Edition

Share

Existential Ennui

Elmore Leonard’s The Big Bounce, published straight to paperback in the States by Fawcett/Gold Medal in 1969. This copy came from the basement of a Cecil Court secondhand bookshop, for less than a tenner – quite a nice find, considering the only copies I’ve seen online are in the US and listed for rather more than a tenner (and with postage on top), and the book’s significance. Because The Big Bounce was Elmore Leonard’s first crime novel – or, more accurately, his first contemporaneously set novel. Up to this point in his career, Leonard had published only westerns – novels and short stories – pretty successfully in the 1950s, with two of them, 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T – more on that one later – being made into films in 1957. As soon as he decided to leave his ad agency job in 1960, however, the western market died on its arse; as Leonard explains in his introduction to the 1989 Armchair Detective Library edition of The Big Bounce, for most of the rest of the decade he “wrote ads, promotional material, industrial and educational films, everything but cocktail napkins and not a word of fiction”. Eventually, the movie rights for his 1961 novel Hombre sold, and Leonard used the money to fund the writing of his “first novel with a contemporary setting, Mother, This is Jack Ryan”.

Read the rest.
Buy The Big Bounce in the Elmore Leonard Bookstore.



Recent Entries

• Elmore Leonard Characters - Raymond Gidre from Unknown Man No. 89

• Elmore and Jazz - A Lifelong Love and Influence

• The 6th and final season of Justified will air Tuesdays at 10 PM e/p, beginning January 20

• Novel #24 -  Bandits Review by Walker Percy -  “There’s a Contra in my Grub”

• Justified Final-Season First Look: Raylan Rallies Anxious Ava to Betray Boyd — Plus: [Spoiler] Retur

• ‘The Arrangement’ - How Not to Adapt Elmore Leonard

• Down-Home American Psychopaths - Southern Outlaws in ‘Bloody Mama’ and ‘The Moonshine War’

• ‘Justified’ Season 6 Spoilers: Walton Goggins & Joelle Carter: Still Together As Boyd & Ava Crowder?

• A Conversation Between Martin Amis and Elmore Leonard

• VIDEO: JUSTIFIED Season 6 Heats Up in New Teaser

• Novel #23 - Glitz - Stephen King Review

• Justified: Getting the South Right

• What the Justified Season 5 Cast Was Missing: A True Villain

• Jeff Fahey Joins Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins For Final Episodes!

• Peter Weller to Direct Justified Episode


Archives