Friday, August 22, 2014

Ten top books about Detroit

At The Daily Beast, Bill Morris tagged his top ten books about Detroit, including:
City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit
by Elmore Leonard (1980)

Elmore Leonard wrote ad copy before turning to fiction—first Westerns and then the indelible novels that made him America’s greatest crime writer. One of his very best is City Primeval, which has all the Leonard trademarks: a weirdly endearing bad guy named Clement “the Oklahoma Wildman” Mansell, a cop named Raymond Cruz who’s determined to bring down this thrill killer, and a story that surfs along on a wave of crisp dialog and moral ambiguity. Leonard said he wrote the book’s climactic showdown (hinted at in the subtitle) as a Western parody. “Underneath,” he added, typically deadpan, “it’s just two little boys playing with guns.” Of course, as always with Leonard, it’s much more than that.
Read about another book on the list.

City Primeval is among Mark Binelli's top ten cities in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue