[Item #6068] Bandits. Elmore Leonard.
Bandits
Bandits
Bandits
Bandits

Bandits

ISBN: 0877958416
New York, NY: Arbor House, 1987. First Edition. Hardcover. “Elmore Leonard’s ‘Bandits’ is his most daring and accomplished novel to date. His characters have never been more vivid, his dialogue sharper, his humor subtler, his plotting as strong and seductive…[In it, the] Bandits have stumbled onto a private fund-raising scheme to aid the Contras in Nicaragua. And they’ve decided that the several million dollars raised should not leave New Orleans. Lucy’s willing to become a bandit because, while working with Nicaraguan lepers she saw the horrors the Contras inflicted on an innocent people. Jack is attracted to Lucy, and bored working in his brother-in-law’s funeral home. Roy’s the uncomplicated one: there’s not much he won’t do for one-third of millions of dollars. Of course, a lot of other people have their eye on the money too…even the IRA. But Lucy, Jack, and Roy have a plan. Together they’re going to make out like bandits” (Abridged Excerpt from Interior Front Flap Copy). Born in New Orleans, LA, the lauded American crime writer Elmore Leonard (1925-2013) migrated with family to Detroit in the mid-1930s, where his father worked for General Motors. It was during this impressionable childhood period that Leonard first encountered ‘news items’ that would “crack the child’s fragile eggshell mind,’ to quote Jim Morrison in “Peace Frog” — and it was borderline Shakespearian gangster-melodramas like these which gripped not merely the “National Imagination” in some unreachable, or wispily abstracted way but had an outsized and determinative impact on the young Leonard growing up to be who in fact he became. Who did he become? Not just someone who enjoyed effusive praise from the likes of Saul Bellow and Stephen King, but someone who irrevocably left his mark on the literature of his time and who will enjoy the fruit of his ‘pantheonization’ till the last bomb drops. While the flap copy may suffer under the strain of commercialized generalities, it is clear that the kernel – nay, the pearl of facility inside is worth the “going-out-on-a-limb part”; I mean, who else’s endorsement could you want? An excellent Elmore Leonard novel bearing all his hallmarks and trademarks: the artfully rapid-pace (“bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual, American form” as Kerouac said) & the plot-thematic genius his readers have come to know & love him for. From the collection of Barbara (1935-2023) & Irving (1933-2018) Nusbaum - world travelers, connoisseurs, eminent collectors of art & books, and the dearly beloved late parents of our esteemed founder, Arthur S. Nusbaum. Hardcover in unclipped dust-jacket: First (Trade) Edition, though not explicated as such on copyright page; first printing, as indicated by number sequence thereon. Book in very fine condition, virtually as new with only mild-to-moderate shelf-wear & a few instances of bumping, bump-creasing & light rubbing to same, else pristine. Dust-jacket in strong near fine condition with similar mild-to-moderate shelf-wear, bumping, & light horizontal creasing present to/at/near fine-edges & corners of front, back covers & spine-edge; a few “sounded-out” (lightly enunciated) exhibits of age-toning/spotting, inc. one near bottommost fine-edge of interior front flap at center-middle, else pristine. Very Fine / Near Fine. [Item #6068]

Price: $40.00

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