By Jack Limpert
Today’s Washington Post has a wonderful piece by Neely Tucker about novelist Elmore Leonard—the hook is a new Library of America volume of four Leonard novels from the 1970s.
Tucker says that Leonard had solid, if not spectacular, success in the first two decades of writing. “Then, in the winter of 1972, his agent told him to get George V. Higgins’s new book, The Friends of Eddie Coyle. Higgins’s characters were lowlifes and working-class cops, none of whom were the brightest guys you ever met.