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The moonshine war
Leonard, Elmore, 1925-2013.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Rockland, MA : Wheeler Pub., [2001]

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243 pages ; 24 cm.
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Elmore Leonard, nationally bestselling author of Out of Sight, Get Shorty, and Cuba Libre, is at the top of his game with The Moonshine War.It was Prohibition, and big, hell-raising Son Martin had himself something special: $125,000 worth of Kentucky's finest homemade whisky.No one was going to steal it. Because when it came to shooting, fighting, and outsmarting the Big Boys, Son Martin wasn't just good. He was bad...dangerous...and deadly.

Author Notes

Elmore John Leonard, Jr. 10/11/25 -- 8/20/13 Elmore John Leonard, Jr., popularly known as mystery and western writer Elmore Leonard, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 11, 1925. He served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1943 to 1946. He received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Detroit in 1950. After graduating, he wrote short stories and western novels as well as advertising and education film scripts. In 1967, he began to write full-time and received several awards including the 1977 Western Writers of America award and the 1984 Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe award. His other works include Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, 3:10 to Yuma, and Rum Punch. Many of his works were adapted into movies.

Library of America recently announced plans to publish the first of a three-volume collection of his books beginning in the Fall of 2014. Leonard died on August 20, 2013 from complications of a stroke he had earlier. He was 87 years old.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Best-selling novelist Leonard (Gold Coast, LJ 11/15/95) gives us a fabulous comedic thriller, taking us back to 1931 Marlett, Kentucky, during the pit of the Depression. It's Prohibition: moonshine pays the bills and entertains the local sheriff and his good ol' boys. The most illustrious bootlegger is Son Martin, whose departed daddy hid 150 barrels of valuable aged whiskey on Son's farm. When a crooked revenue agent with a Browning automatic fails to get Son's cache, Dr. Taulbee and his hired guns show up. Here is where The Moonshine War becomes a 100-proof thriller on the road to Armageddon. Leonard has a great sense of time and place and calls on a superb cast of characters. Reader Mark Hammer's marvelous performance makes this recording a classic, which listeners will want to hear again and again. Highly recommended for fiction collections. (For a review of Books on TapeR's version of The Moonshine War, see Audio Reviews, LJ 11/1/95.)‘James Dudley, Copiague, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

The Real Thing
The Story of It
Mrs. Medwin

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