Comfort To the Enemy by Elmore Leonard

Comfort To the Enemy (and Other Carl Webster Stories) presents a collection of short stories including a serialized novella that was published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Carl Webster is a US Marshall who also appeared in The Hot Kid and Up In Honey's Room.

Book Details

Title: Comfort To the Enemy
Author: Elmore Leonard
ISBN: 978-0-06-173515-8
Pages: 208 pp
Published Date: 2010
Publisher: William Morrow
Sub-Genre: Hardboiled
Main Characters: Carl Webster


Publisher's Synopsis

The "Hot Kid" of the U.S. Marshals Service, Carl Webster maintains the law with a cool, showdown attitude. He's one of the richest creations in Elmore Leonard's half century of delivering the goods. From his appearances in the critically acclaimed novels The Hot Kid and Up in Honey's Room, Carl returns to lay down the law in a novella that originally appeared as a serial in the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

The title novella—plus two Carl Webster short stories—traces Carl's career from his run-in with 1930's gangsters to his investigation of a murder at a German POW camp in Oklahoma. This time it's Carl against war-seasoned Afrika Korps Nazis. With its pitch-perfect dialogue, compelling characters, and classic charm, Comfort to the Enemy is vintage Leonard.

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Book Reviews

You will find reviews of Comfort To the Enemy at the following websites. "The novella is well-worth reading, and some may feel it's worth the price of a trade paperback novel or collection. The story takes place in the time between the events of Leonard's Carl Webster novels, "The Hot Kid" and "Up in Honey's Room"." Read the reviews here

Washington Times: "Cynical in his humor, with a smooth rolling writing style, sometimes reminiscent of Damon Runyon in his characters, Mr. Leonard this time focuses his laser eye on one Carl Webster, nicknamed the "Hot Kid of US Marshals" whose reputation is linked to his drawling a quiet warning to lawbreakers that when he pulls his gun, he "shoots to kill." Read full review

Oregon Live: "Carl Webster's father is Virgil Webster, a character in Leonard's 1998 novel "Cuba Libre." Carl's real name is Carlos, and how he became Carl is told in "Showdown at Checotah," one of two stories included with the novella "Comfort to the Enemy" in a new paperback edition." Read full review here

The entire Elmore Leonard back catalog can be found on the Elmore Leonard page