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Valdez Is Coming: A Novel par [Leonard, Elmore]
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Touching on the themes of the popular FX series Justified featuring U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens, Valdez Is Coming is New York Times bestselling author Elmore Leonard's classic western tale of corruption, justice, and vengeance.

Forced to gun down an innocent man, part-time sheriff Roberto Valdez is nearly killed and run out of town when he seeks justice for the dead man’s family. But the same townsfolk who laughed at Valdez’s dark skin, mocked his decency, and tied him to a cross will find themselves on the wrong side of a gun when the lawman comes back to deliver his own brand of justice.

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They laughed at Roberto Valdez and then ignored him. But when a dark-skinned man was holed up in a shack with a gun, they sent the part-time town constable to deal with the problem -- and made sure he had no choice but to gun the fugitive down. Trouble was, Valdez killed an innocent man. And when he asked for justice -- and some money for the dead man's woman -- they beat Valdez and tied him to a cross. They were still laughing when Valdez came back. And then they began to die. . .

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 601 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 256 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0062227858
  • Editeur : William Morrow (13 octobre 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B000FC2IW6
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Elmore's Work in a Different Era 26 juillet 2003
Par Dennis Keithly - Publié sur
Format: Poche
'Valdez is Coming' is classic Elmore Leonard, in more than one way. First, it was written in 1970, and was about the eighth novel (out of about three dozen) that he has written. Second, it is the blue print for many of his novels that follow.
Bob Valdez is a Mexican constable in a small Western town. He is generally respected by the populace. However, when a wealthy man named Tanner arranges an impromptu posse to flush a suspected murderer out of his home, things change. In an attempt to resolve the problem, Valdez tries to talk to the man and is forced to shoot him, less he be killed himself. Then he comes to find out the man was not who Tanner thought he was.
In attempt to make ammends, Valdez attempts to arrange for a payment to the deceased man's widow, an Indian, from the men responsible. For his trouble, Valdez gets shot at, verbally abused, and then finally crucified. Making Valdez mad was a huge mistake.
Valdez eventually hatches a plan that involves Tanner's common-law wife, Gay Erin. This finally gets Tanner's attention and the chase is on. Erin has her own issues, she killed her ex-husband after years of abuse, and now has decisions to make about her future.
Valdez both is and is not the typical hero that have come to represent Leonard novels. First of all, he is hispanic. Usually, ethnic characters are the sidekicks in Leonard's work. However, Valdez is the little guy trying to make a difference, whether it be personal or for the good of society, by taking on those that have more power than himself.
Fans of Leonard's will recognize the general style of his writing (excellent dialogue with little use of modifyers, common characters with a twist, a slightly unclosed ending, etc.). This was the first of the westerns by Leonard that I have read, and I was very pleased. I'd recommend this novel to those that like Westerns in general, those that like Leonard's work, and anyone that likes a little guy takes on the bad guys novel.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 solid 29 décembre 2000
Par James P. Hunt - Publié sur
Format: Poche
Elmore Leonard probably didn't become fashionable, or at least, a best seller until the last ten years. But I believe the novels he wrote in the 70's are his best. I think "Valdez is Coming" may have been the last western novel he wrote, circa 1970. It was made into a depressingly bad film starring Burt Lancaster who, at that time, was simply too old and tired to play the role. (Steve McQueen would have been far better; perhaps Clooney could work the role today. It requires someone who can convincingly portray a 40 year old man who on the surface seems like a bit of a loser, but who everyone soon realizes they drastically underestimated.) The film may have been responsible for the novel's lack of acclaim. Which is too bad, because "Valdez is Coming" is probably one of his five best. (I would say "Swag", "52 Pick-Up", "Hombre" and "Unknown Man # 89" are the other four.) A story of courage and redemption told with depth and sensitivity. The chapter where he discusses that a man can be two men; one man at a certain time and place and another man in another place is outstanding. And the action scenes - the gunfights, the confrontations, etc. - are the best Leonard's ever written. Simply great storytelling with little of the contemporary need to be hip or cool.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Elmore Leonard is awesome! 18 août 2005
Par Rhino - Publié sur
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Whenever I'm about ready to start reading an Elmore Leonard novel, I feel like a kid anticipating Christmas morning! Leonard's books are always page-turning thrillers that can make me gasp over a surprising character/plot twist that I wasn't expecting. His novels are always fast-paced, fun, entertaining reads.

"Valdez is Coming" is no differant. Although it is a western,it's a page-turner written in the great Elmore Leonard style. This novel was written years ago, before Elmore Leonard began writing crime thrillers, but it still holds up and entertains.

There's a hero you love to love(Valdez), and there's a villian you love to hate. There's a damsel in distress, and the typical Elmore Leonard twists and turns that keep you quickly flipping the pages because you want to know what happens next!

I often tell people to turn off the damn tv and pick up an Elmore Leonard novel. Try this one, or many of his crime thrillers. You won't be disappointed. In fact, you'll find yourself having a pretty good time!
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 My favorite Western Movie 6 mai 2005
Par ranger11_99 - Publié sur
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
I started reading Elmore Leonard's crime novels and found them to be easy reading, fast-paced entertainment. Then I discovered that Leonard used to write westerns. While I enjoy his crime novels, his Westerns are even better. "Valdez is Coming" is the best one I've read so far. The characters are well developed and the action keeps one interested. I had seen the movie (Burt Lancaster as Valdez) when I was a teenager and considered it one of my favorite western movies. I wish Mr. Leonard would write a few more westerns because he is a master in this genre as well.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good western adventure 23 décembre 2003
Par Brent Wigen - Publié sur
Format: Poche
Elmore Leonard is largely known for his crime novels, but through the years, he's managed to squeeze in a few westerns. Valdez is Coming is one of these, and is an excellent adventure story.
Bob Valdez is a local part-time constable whom nobody really notices. When a shady character tricks him into killing an innocent man, he asks those responsible to share in the burden of supporting the dead man's wife. They refuse, beating and humiliating Valdez in the process. This pushes Valdez over the edge, and he kidnaps the bad guy's girlfriend and begins a killing spree against his gang of thugs.
As in all Leonard books, the dialogue here is great. The story is also very well-written. I enjoyed this book over the course of an evening; it's a very entertaining and quick 256 pages.
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