A world of deadly pauses, heat, mescal and sudden violence; of greenhorn deputies and hard-bitten sheriffs. Where life is for living because danger is ever-present. This is the world that Elmore Leonard, undisputed master of the modern thriller, conquered before taking to the mean streets of Miami and Detroit. Here, then, are nineteen nuggets of pure storytelling gold from the hard-packed ground of the Old West. Taut, spare and thrilling, these are stories that don't take prisoners.