A confession: There is a squishy place in my heart for crime novels. (What? Ms. Snoofy Litmag Writer? Ha!)
When a writing teacher, Michael D. Collins, told me my work had the ring of Elmore Leonard, I could not have been more pleased. In my opinion, Get Shorty has the best final line in literary history (well … tied with Alice Walker’s in The Temple of My Familiar.)
Ladies and Gents, give it up for Elmore Leonard’s Get Shorty for Best Crime Fiction Ever.
Followed not even closely by the trash piece of awesomeness that is Bangkok 8. Move over, Tale of the Genji. Take a break, Mahabharata. This pure garbage swims in prostitution and drug dealing. Poorly written, predictable characters, a protagonist who is a monk, a police detective, and a virgin (for 2/3 of the book, anyway). Unremittingly marvelous.