the Women Come to Dance
is an excellent collection of some of the works of Elmore Leonard.
It consists of nine stories; some never-before published and the
first time all have appeared in one place. There are very short
pieces and two novellas.
subjects range from a wife who hires a Colombian maid for her underworld
connections, to a stuntman who believes he is a curse to all women,
to a washed-out baseball player.
scenes are set in the present crime world with the exception of
one selection, which is set in the Old West.
stories are jewels. The characters are complex, developed in depth,
giving both the good guys and the bad guys equal treatment. The
dialogue is crisp. The settings are real. All stories are well-plotted
with the actions and the characters believable.
anthology is evidence of why Leonard's works have uniformly received