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

• Novel #21 - Stick

• What They Were Thinking by Bill Haney - Chapter on Elmore

• “He’s the Elmore Leonard of food.”

• A book fair’s big draw: author autographs

• See the first teaser for the final season of ‘Justified’

• Novel #20 - Cat Chaser

• Life of Crime Blu-Ray and DVD On Sale October 28

• Justified: The Complete Fifth Season Available on Blu-ray and DVD on December 2

• The Literary United States: A Map of the Best Book for Every State

• ‘Justified’ season 6 spoilers: Ready for some early Boyd Crowder scoop?

• Mourning the Sons of Anarchy and Justified Crossover We’ll Sadly Never Get to See

• USC Scores Collection of Crime Writer Elmore Leonard

• University of South Carolina President, Harris Pastides Announces Elmore Leonard Archive

• Elmore Leonard archives headed to S. Carolina

• Elmore Leonard Archive Lands at University of South Carolina


Archives