Monday, October 12, 2009
The Bounty Hunters: “A first novel and a good one” - The New York Times
I’m going to bring all the books center stage, the next week, month, year. That’s what it’s all about.
#1 - THE BOUNTY HUNTERS, 1953
David Flynn is a legend in the rugged Arizona Territory—a U.S. cavalry-turned-army scout—and the only man alive who can bring in the fierce Mimbre Apache called Soldado Viejo. But for David Flynn, tracking down an elusive Indian with a price on his head south of the border is a dangerous business…especially when a cunning outlaw and a murderous bounty hunter dog his path. Now Flynn’s riding hard for trouble on a bloody trail of treachery and slaughter in a lawless land where a man’s got to watch his back against friend and enemy, red man and white man alike. And if he’s Flynn—on the deadliest mission of his career—that means a one-way trip into a sultry desert hell…where the hunter is about to become the hunted…and where one man’s struggle for justice has just erupted in the battle of his life…
“A first novel and a good one.” - The New York Times
It isn’t very often that I get time to read fiction anymore, but when I read a good book I feel a certain responsibility to let people know about it. I’m James Drury, and I’ve played in plenty of Western shows myself. For those of you who don’t know me I portrayed The Virginian on NBC television for many years. So I hope that qualifies me to leave a review on a Western book. Of course I could say the same thing about any Elmore Leonard book I’ve had the pleasure of reading, but the Bounty Hunters was great. It was short and to the point, but Leonard has this way of giving you such a great feel for the country and old West settings it just makes the book pleasant. He excels at making us see what he does in very few words. I have read all of the Western novels of Kirby Jonas on audio, and while I of course think he is my favorite author of Westerns, I have to say I have never read a bad Elmore Leonard book, and The Bounty Hunters is no exception. I don’t know Leonard’s history as far as how he does his research. I know Kirby Jonas lived in southeast Arizona when he was working on his first books, however, and it seems to me that Leonard has done a large amount of work in getting the facts about the Arizona and Mexico country down pat. I guess I’ve gotten into the habit of comparing every Western author not to Louis L’Amour but to Kirby Jonas, and although I would never put Leonard above Jonas I would sure say his books would “do to ride the river,” with Jonas’, so to speak. Give the Bounty Hunters a try. Right now I’m starting into Escape from Five Shadows, and it already holds great promise!