Elmore’s Opening Lines

By Elmore Leonard From All of the ’Em, 1953-’05 1950s   “Dave Flynn stretched his boots over the footrest and his body eased lower into the barber chair.”—The Bounty Hunters (1953)   “At times during the morning, he would think of the man named Kirby Frye.”—The Law At...

Unknown Man No. 89

By Elmore Leonard Unknown Man No. 89, 1977 Chapter One A friend of Ryan’s said to him one time, “Yeah, but at least you don’t take any shit from anybody.” Ryan said to his friend, “I don’t know, the way things’ve been going, maybe it’s about time I started taking...