When the Women Come Out to Dance

When the Women Come Out to Dance

Audiobook CD - 2003
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A collection of nine stories.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, [2003], ℗2003
ISBN: 9781402559433
1402559437
Branch Call Number: FICTION Leo
Characteristics: 6 audio discs (6 hr., 45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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FangFiction Jun 13, 2011

First, this is classified as a music CD, and it's not. It is a collection of nine of Leonard's excellent short stories, and they are read by top-notch narrators, including Tom Stechulte (one of my favorites). The title story involves the wife of a wealthy Pakistani surgeon who wants to get rid of her husband before he gets rid of her. “Fire in the Hole” is a Raylan Givens-Boyd Crowder adventure (the hero and the antihero of FX’s “Justified” TV series). Other books by Leonard that feature Raylan Givens are “Pronto” and “Riding the Rap.” In “Sparks,” we listen in as an insurance company adjuster interviews a widow after her house suspiciously burns down during a California brush fire. “Tenkiller” follows a rodeo star turned Hollywood stuntman as he returns to his Oklahoma home town to tangle with a white trash family of crooks who have taken over his family home. In the humorous “Chickasaw Charlie Hoke,” the title character is a washed-up baseball player who tries for a job as a celebrity greeter at a Las Vegas casino. This story is followed up in Leonard’s 2002 novel “Tishomingo Blues.” In "Karen Makes Out," U.S. Marshall Karen Sisco has a brief fling she has with a man who may or may not be a bank robber. Her character is featured in Leonard's 1996 novel “Out of Sight,” and the 1998 film of the same name, where Jennifer Lopez played her. In “The Tonto Woman,” a stranger brings new life to a woman who has been shunned after being kidnapped by Indians and tattooed on her face. “Hurrah for Captain Early” is another western story. In this one, an African American U.S. Army veteran of the Spanish-American War come to town to greet a home-town hero who really isn’t. The least successful of the bunch is “Hanging Out at the Buena Vista,” a very short story about a pair of elderly cancer patients in a hospice. The stories are full of sly humor, plenty of suspense, and quirky characters who hold your interest to the very end.

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