I am discovering that I prefer Leonard’s short-stories to his novels. Leonard is a master of less-is-more and his short stories, accordingly, convey considerable depth in a minimum of space.
In particular, I am drawn to Leonard’s characters who are complex, nuanced and all very believable. Leonard’s ability to draw such believable characters with his minimalist style is in sharp contrast to Joe R Lansdale’s failings at character building, as discussed in my review of Savage Season.
These stories were written in the 50’s and have a timeless quality that holds up well.