Tishomingo Blues

Elmore Leonard

Read April 2003

I don't normally go for pulp fiction, but when every review I read of Tishomingo Blues, even those in the staid venues, couldn't stop singing its praises, I knew I had to read it. It was anyway hard to resist themes like high divers, the South, Civil War reenactors, and most of all the Blues Crossroads. And what a read! Leonard sure knows his craft, starting with a paragraph that grabs you so you can't move on to the next book on the shelf. His characters have had their pitch sharpened by tuning forks, and Leonard keeps the tension humming like a rural power line. The conclusion has just the sort of complex negotiation that you expect but can't predict.