The Moonshine War: A Novel

By Elmore Leonard

“Leonard is tops in his field.”
New Orleans Times-Picayune

The nice Elmore Leonard, “America’s pre-eminent crime fiction author” (Chicago Tribune), takes readers again to Prohibition days within the again hills of Kentucky in a rollicking tale of weapons, greed, and illegally brewed corn liquor. The Moonshine War is a story of the chaos that ensues while a gang of urban slickers units out to thieve millions of dollars-worth of home made whiskey from a hell-raising nation boy—who is whatever however the effortless mark they have been looking ahead to. A rediscovered Elmore Leonard vintage, The Moonshine War is a wild journey bursting with the author’s hallmark delights: the twisty plot, the gripping suspense, the wit and, in fact, the razor-sharp discussion. It’s no ask yourself that the writer of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens—lately the celebrity of the hit television sequence Justified—is constantly indexed one of the secret and crime fiction elite, together with John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, and Robert Parker, and infrequently on the very best of the list.

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Them all empty, ready to be full of moonshine. He didn’t locate any corn meal or sugar—they should have saved that on the nonetheless. He felt alongside the stone wall that may be opposed to the hillside and didn’t locate any unfastened stones to point a gap: which shot his suggestion of the stuff being buried lower than the home. yet he did locate anything that shocked him: a brand new having a look Delco Farm Electrification procedure, the motor-generator and the row of glass batteries taking on 1/2 one wall. having a look it over, twin was once considering it used to be a pricey outfit to illuminate an outdated farmhouse that one guy lived in. He felt alongside the wall and traced the twine going up in the course of the ceiling to the room at once above him. good, possibly this Son Martin was once ascared of the darkish and beloved lots of gentle. twin grinned on the concept. He needed he may perhaps grin like Dr. Taulbee, displaying tooth like great sq. pearls, yet his personal the teeth have been crooked and tobacco stained and he didn’t very like seeing them himself. He had brushed them each day the 1st couple of months he labored for Dr. Taulbee, however the brushing didn’t cause them to any whiter, so he had give up. There wasn’t anything down right here. There wasn’t a lot out within the barn both. jogging inside of twin may well inform this wasn’t where: a back-country barn that wasn’t a lot higher than a two-story condo, weathered and beginning to crumble; just like the proprietor didn’t plan to be the following lengthy. the ground used to be hard-packed airborne dirt and dust; no forums that may be overlaying a huge gap beneath. A stack of baled hay crammed a nook of the structures. anything should be at the back of or less than it, yet twin wasn’t going to head pitching hay bales round along with his new gabardine go well with on. another time. there has been not anything the following within the soiled stinky position however the hay and a few grain sacks, empty stalls and stiff harnesses and hackamores striking from pegs. Up the ladder was once part a loft. Stepping again to 1 aspect of the barn twin may see there has been not anything up there. Out the window have been mules within the backyard, nuzzling the floor, penned in there via a split-rail fence that seemed like they can knock over in the event that they desired to. Christ, get this task performed and come again to Louisville the place issues have been occurring, that used to be the price tag. twin by no means did care a lot for farms; there wasn’t whatever to do. He had noticed the roof exhibiting approach up at the slope within the timber. As they drove into the backyard Frank lengthy had stated that’s the place the nonetheless was once, in a home Son Martin used to stay in. So twin Meaders trudged up there from the barn—a lengthy stroll within the open sun, the dusty pasture steeper than it looked—feeling the muscle-pull in his thighs and sweating less than his new swimsuit like a goddamn box hand ahead of he reached the timber. twin spotted the grave over a pair hundred toes from the place he stood: the grave and the publish and the little fence, on the subject of a steep rocky component to the slope. He studied on it a minute ahead of asserting to himself, “It’s a humorous position for a grave with a mild publish, yet you ain’t going to get a hunnert and fifty thirty-gallon barrels in a six-foot gap.

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