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Comfort To The Enemy

Elmore Leonard: Comfort To The Enemy (USA 2010)

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The "Hot Kid" of the U.S. Marshals Service, Carl Webster maintains the law with a cool, showdown attitude. He's one of the richest creations in Elmore Leonard's half century of delivering the goods. From his appearances in the critically acclaimed novels The Hot Kid and Up in Honey's Room, Carl returns to lay down the law in a novella that originally appeared as a serial in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. The title novella -- plus two Carl Webster short stories -- traces Carl's career from his run-in with 1930's gangsters to his investigation of a murder at a German POW camp in Oklahoma. This time it's Carl against war-seasoned Afrika Korps Nazis. With its pitch-perfect dialogue, compelling characters, and classic charm, Comfort to the Enemy is vintage Leonard.

Elmore Leonard: Comfort To The Enemy. And Other Carl Webster Stories. Harper Paperbacks, ISBN: 9780061735158 (October, 2010), 224 p., $14.99.

 

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Comfort To The Enemy

Elmore Leonard: Comfort To The Enemy (UK 2010)

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1940s' Oklahoma. Germans in a stateside POW camp have murdered one of their own and US Marshal Carl Webster, back from a tour of duty in the Pacific, is called in to investigate. Among others, he comes across a Jewish gangster bent on revenge for the Holocaust; a rodeo bull rider turned lawman; and a former Nazi guard who is a persistent runaway.

Befriending the escapee, Carl becomes embroiled in a tale of gangsters' molls, enemy lines, espionage, double-crossing and a lovers' wartime promise that could to more trouble than he ever imagined...

A trio of short stories featuring legendary lawman Carl Webster - star of THE HOT KID.

Elmore Leonard: Comfort To The Enemy. Phoenix, ISBN: 9780753826652 (April, 2010), 192 p., £7.99.

 

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Comfort To The Enemy

Elmore Leonard: Comfort To The Enemy (UK 2009)

From the Publisher:
This is a dazzling collection of three Elmore Leonard stories of which the third and title story, 'Comfort to the Enemy' is a novella. The stories chart the beginning, middle and mature years of legendary lawman Carl Webster's career.

The title story begins with the investigation of a murder at a German POW camp in Oklahoma. The bank robbers of the 1920s are gone. Carl has married Louly, who has joined the Marines, and he has also done a tour of duty. Oklahoma is full of POW camps with crewmen and grenadiers from the Afrika Krops. Jurgen Schrenk is a young captain who escapes with some frequency, a man well-liked by many of the native Oklahomans. He's fallen in love with a girl by the name of Shemane, a sexy beauty and gangster's moll who lives at home with her mother. Jurgen makes a successful escape with the help of Shemane, and Carl promises he'll help the lovers at the end of the war. But Jurgen may be a spy, and Carl may have to pursue him to Detroit, a place where Jurgen has lived and where arms are being manufactured.

With excellent dialogue, grippingly credible characters, and the glamour of sex and bad reputation, Comfort to the Enemy shows Elmore Leonard at the very top of his game.

A wonderful collection of three linked stories charting the career of legendary Elmore Leonard lawman Carl Webster

Elmore Leonard: Comfort To The Enemy. And Other Carl Webster Tales. Showdown at Checotah -- Louly and Pretty Boy -- Comfort to the Enemy. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, ISBN: 9780297856689 (April, 2009), 182 p., £18.99.

 

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