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The Hot Kid

by Elmore Leonard

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The Hot Kid by Elmore Leonard
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    May 2005, 312 pages

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    Sep 2006, 416 pages

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Elmore Leonard became interested in writing in 1935, after reading a serialization of All Quiet on the Western Front in the Detroit Times. Touched by the story, he wrote a play based on the novel for his fifth-grade classroom, using the desks as "No-Man's-Land." In 1951 Argosy magazine published his short story "Trail of the Apache." Other stories—all westerns—followed. In 1953 he published his first novel, The Bounty Hunters, followed by four more over the next eight years. Between 1951 and 1961 he published 30 short stories, five novels, and made two sales to the movies.

As the market for westerns began to dry up, he switched to crime fiction with the publication of The Big Bounce.

He is the father of five children and the grandfather of nine. He and his wife live in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.

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