Confession [NOOK Book]

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In this never-before-published story, Elmore Leonard, the late “modern master of American genre writing,” puts a darkly playful twist on the Wild West showdown. Set in a dusty Arizona town when Apaches still roamed the land, “Confession” tells the tale of Father Schwinn, a gentle but imposing priest who smokes cigars, swills whiskey, and feels right at home with the rough cowboys and stagecoach drivers who hang out at the local saloon. When two saddlebags filled with cash mysteriously appear on the steps of ...

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Overview

In this never-before-published story, Elmore Leonard, the late “modern master of American genre writing,” puts a darkly playful twist on the Wild West showdown. Set in a dusty Arizona town when Apaches still roamed the land, “Confession” tells the tale of Father Schwinn, a gentle but imposing priest who smokes cigars, swills whiskey, and feels right at home with the rough cowboys and stagecoach drivers who hang out at the local saloon. When two saddlebags filled with cash mysteriously appear on the steps of Father Schwinn’s church, he finds himself caught up in a crime that puts his vows of nonviolence to the test.


Written in 1958, when Leonard was working as a copywriter for an ad agency in Detroit, “Confession” shows the nascent genius of a man who would reinvent contemporary storytelling with western tales like “3:10 to Yuma,” “The Tall T,” and “Hombre,” all of which made their way to the big screen. A destined-to-be-classic tale by the “absolute master” of violence, vice, and eventual redemption.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Elmore Leonard wrote forty-five novels across his six-decade career, including the bestsellers “Road Dogs,” “Up in Honey’s Room,” “The Hot Kid,” “Mr. Paradise,” “Tishomingo Blues,” and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories “When the Women Come Out to Dance.” Many of his books have been made into movies, including “Get Shorty,” “Out of Sight,” and “Jackie Brown.” “Justified,” the hit series from FX, is based on Leonard’s character Raylan Givens, who appears in “Riding the Rap,” “Pronto,” the short story “Fire in the Hole,” and the novel “Raylan.” Leonard received the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA, and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He was known to many as the “Dickens of Detroit” and had lived in the Detroit area since 1934.


PRAISE FOR ELMORE LEONARD


“In cowboy writing, Leonard belongs on the same A-list as Louis L’Amour, Owen Wister, and Zane Grey.” —The New York Daily News


“Leonard has penned some of the best western fiction ever.” —USA Today


“Even the earliest of his western yarns shows Leonard to be a master storyteller.” —The Los Angeles Times


“People look on writers that they like as an irreplaceable resource. I do. Elmore Leonard, every day I wake up and—not to be morbid or anything, although morbid is my life to a degree—don’t see his obituary in the paper, I think to myself, ‘Great! He’s probably working somewhere. He’s gonna produce another book, and I’ll have another book to read.’ Because when he’s gone, there’s nobody else.” — Stephen King


“Elmore Leonard is an awfully good writer of the sneaky sort; he is so good you don’t even notice what he’s up to.” —The New York Times Book Review


“[Leonard’s] finely honed sentences can sound as flinty/poetic as Hemingway or as hard-boiled as Raymond Chandler. His ear for the way people talk—or should—is peerless.” —The Detroit News


“[Leonard’s] characters leap from the page with a few short keystrokes, like a form of bloodstained haiku. —The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)


A major literary star … He defies categorization, and when you do try to categorize him, you are invariably wrong. —The Chicago Tribune


“Leonard is the best in the business: His dialogue snaps, his characters are more alive than most of the people you meet on the street, and his twisting plots always resolve themselves with a no-nonsense plausibility.” —Newsday


“An authentic American icon.” —The Seattle Times


“Elmore Leonard may be the last hope for the written word.” —The New York Observer


A master of narrative … A poet of the vernacular … Leonard paints an intimate, precise, funny, frightening, and irresistible mural of the American underworld.” —The New Yorker

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Editorial Reviews

- - The New York Daily News
“In cowboy writing, Leonard belongs on the same A-list as Louis L’Amour, Owen Wister, and Zane Grey.”
- - USA Today
“Leonard has penned some of the best western fiction ever.”
- - Los Angeles Times
“Even the earliest of his western yarns shows Leonard to be a master storyteller.”
- - Stephen King
“People look on writers that they like as an irreplaceable resource. I do. Elmore Leonard, every day I wake up and—not to be morbid or anything, although morbid is my life to a degree—don’t see his obituary in the paper, I think to myself, ‘Great! He’s probably working somewhere. He’s gonna produce another book, and I’ll have another book to read.’ Because when he’s gone, there’s nobody else.”
- - The New York Times Book Review
“Elmore Leonard is an awfully good writer of the sneaky sort; he is so good you don’t even notice what he’s up to.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614520931
  • Publisher: Byliner Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/30/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 153,261
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Elmore Leonard
Elmore Leonard wrote forty-five novels across his six-decade career, including the bestsellers “Road Dogs,” “Up in Honey’s Room,” “The Hot Kid,” “Mr. Paradise,” “Tishomingo Blues,” and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories “When the Women Come Out to Dance.” Many of his books have been made into movies, including “Get Shorty,” “Out of Sight,” and “Jackie Brown.” “Justified,” the hit series from FX, is based on Leonard’s character Raylan Givens, who appears in “Riding the Rap,” “Pronto,” the short story “Fire in the Hole,” and the novel “Raylan.” Leonard received the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA, and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He was known to many as the “Dickens of Detroit” and had lived in the Detroit area since 1934.

Biography

Elmore Leonard has written more than three dozen books during his highly successful writing career, including the bestsellers Be Cool, Get Shorty and Rum Punch. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. He is the recipient of the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife in Bloomfield Village, Michigan.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Elmore John Leonard Jr.
      Elmore Leonard
    2. Hometown:
      Bloomfield Village, Michigan
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 11, 1925
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Orleans, Louisiana
    1. Education:
      B.Ph., University of Detroit, 1950
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2014

    Lilykit of ForestClan

    I'm really going to miss you... I was barely active because my Nook wouldn't let me post, but I watched. You were a great deputy and you would've made a fantaatic leader. I'll be watching!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2014

    This is silverclaw of forestclan

    Forestclan will most certainly miss you. I may have not been the fondest of cloudspirit but in my heart i knew that she, you are a great warrior and deserved to be deputy, not me. Anyways im sure all of forestclan will miss you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2014

    Platinum

    Fade, l know we've never spoken, but l just want to comment that you have the true spirit of Bloodclan. :) You'll be missed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2014

    Stan & Co

    Spiritstar, Moonsplash, and Sunglow will miss you, as well as Stanneh here. :( But I understand. How do I do it? Well, I do all of my personal life things first, including optional activities, then I get on my Nook at night when I should be sleeping. I know it's not a very good way to handle things, but it works, I guess. If you like going to sleep right when you go to bed, though, that wouldn't really work. I just hope you can find the time to do what you want to do after you've done what you need to do.<p>

    Whiteblaze will miss you a ton! It won't be same without Cloudspirit's shining face.<p>

    -Stan & Co

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2014

    Cloudspirit...Fade...Blazeheart...BurntSky...Robinkit...Seedfur...Seneca...etc.

    I have something to tell y'all. Yes all of these characters are the same people -shocker- oh well. You mustve noticed how many people have stopped RPing bc of school and RL. Sadley, im here to make that same kind of announcement. RP has been driving me crazy. Not like negative crazy just busy crazy. Im postponing things i shouldnt so i can RP. My parents dont know about it but they are getting suspicious. They will know soon enough and i will get my NOOK taken away and b grounded. Im using texting grammar, not correct grammar. For various reasons, i have to stop RP. But not entirely. I havve decided that i can RP only once or twice a week and hopefully on weekends. So this is my warning to you that i will be going inactive. So i have some RP confessions to make bc i probably wont get around to them other wise. ::: ||CLOUDSPIRIT-- 1) Eagleflight, Cloudy is expecting your kits. They will be born at 'kitten'. 2) Mistystar...i cant accept your offer as leader. You are doing a much better job and i wont b abld to defend Forestclan when i go inactive. So thx u....but i just cant.|| FADE-- 1) its about time u guys learned her past. It will be posted at 'somber'. 2) thistlefang.....err.....fade likes you. || BLAZEHEART-- 1) how did u do it, spiritstar? Can u help w dis? 2) blackpaw, blazey wuvs u 3) she misses being an apprentice... || ROBINKIT-- you guys have gone....dead. i still love ya Nutkit but... || Seneca-- just wanted to belong somewhere. Is tht too much to ask?|| &infin &infin Well this might have been shocking. Might not have. I love all of you and my RP cats will always b a part of me. I will nrver forget u... but this isnt goodbye. ((Hopefully))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2014

    Blackpaw

    Blacky wuvs Blazey, back. &hearts i will miss u when ur gone. :( i hope blaze and black can still train and stuff. Luv ya!

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