Not so long ago, my dad asked me if I had ever watched the Justified series on FX. I replied that, no, I hadn’t but it looked good. I’m a huge fan of Elmore Leonard.
We talked about about Get Shorty and 3:10 to Yuma, both based on Elmore Leonard stories. I recommend The Hot Kid, which was my first experience with Mr. Leonard, and a book that blew me away. Changed my world. Showed me what a writer could really do. Something about this great writer’s mastery of character and dialogue resonates with me to this day.
During our next conversation, my dad recommended Gunsights, by Elmore Leonard. Said he had just listened to it. Good stuff. Excellent to listen to.
Gunsights went on my “to listen” list once I purchased a copy from Audible.com. I finished the Talisman by Stephen King, and dove into something completely different. Gunsights is a Western. I’ve read comparatively few westerns, but enjoy them. I grew up with movie Westerns, of course. I’ll be your huckleberry.
One of the biggest things I noticed about Gunsights was the rapidly shifting points-of-view. The story was still entertaining. I still wanted to step into the world and have an adventure, but it occurred to me that if a young writer these days took a book written in the omniscient point-of-view to an agent or an editor, they would get shut down faster than you can say 45 Long Colt. Elmore Leonard published this book in 1982, I believe. The industry and readers tastes have probably changed a bit, so it’s all good.
I definitely recommend this book, whether you read it or listen to it. (I did both, since the audiobook and ebook synchronize.) Josh Clark, the narrator, did an excellent job. I enjoyed it enough that I will probably go on a fresh Elmore Leonard binge, something I do from time to time.