Thursday, January 22, 2015

Fire in the hole!

My favorite TV show came back on the air this week. Yay! Okay, it’s one of my favorites. Justified. US Marshal Raylon Givens, shoot first and ask questions later. Dewey Crowe, idiot redneck. Boyd Crowder, a bank-robbing white supremacist. Ava, widow, Boyd’s former fiance.  This is grunge southern fiction at its best.

The show is based on characters by writer Elmore Leonard. Some may remember his other well-known books, made into movies:  Get Shorty, Pulp Fiction, Three-ten to Yuma, Kill Shot to name a few. Leonard was brilliant. Gritty realism. Strong language.  He wrote ten rules for writing good.  He summed up the ten rules in one sentence.

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
The TV show got its name from the opening scene. Raylon gives a gangster type an ultimatum. Get out  of town or be shot.  Heck. Watch it for yourself.

Ron D. Voigts writes dark mysteries. His latest book Strigoi, The Blood Bond is available on Kindle.

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