Reading Glitz had me revisiting a long-lost reading era of my twenties when I sampled a seamier side of life through intense encounters with Chandler, Hammett and Simenon. The pace, action and racy dialogue bowled me along, although surely the venality of the language is more extreme these days? Christmas chores mean I have had to put the book down (nothing so dull would have one-time distracted me i) but I can see Boxing Day spent curled up on a sofa, away in Atlantic City…….
When an author dies we often choose one of their books. Elmore Leonard died in August this year and the obituaries described him as a modern master of American genre writing. “Glitz,” published in 1985, was his 25th novel and the breakthrough that flew to the top of the best-seller fiction lists and put him on the cover of Newsweek. The book polarised the group – the next post puts the pros with cons in the comments.