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The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories is a raw, hard-bitten collection that gathers together the best of Leonard's western fiction, to life. In "The Tonto Woman, " a young wife, her face tattooed by Indian kidnappers, becomes society's outcast - until an outlaw vows to set her free.... In "Only Good Ones, " we meet a fine man turned killer in one impossible moment.... The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories is a raw, hard-bitten collection that gathers together the best of Leonard's western fiction, to life. In "The Tonto Woman, " a young wife, her face tattooed by Indian kidnappers, becomes society's outcast - until an outlaw vows to set her free.... In "Only Good Ones, " we meet a fine man turned killer in one impossible moment.... "Saint with a Six-gun" pits a doomed prisoner against his young guard - in a drama of deception and compassion that leads to a shocking act of courage.... In "The Colonel's Lady, " a brutal ambush puts a woman into the hands of a vicious renegade - while a tracker attempts a rescue that cannot come in time ... and in "Blood Money, " five bank robbers are being picked off one by one, but one man believes he can make it out alive.


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The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories is a raw, hard-bitten collection that gathers together the best of Leonard's western fiction, to life. In "The Tonto Woman, " a young wife, her face tattooed by Indian kidnappers, becomes society's outcast - until an outlaw vows to set her free.... In "Only Good Ones, " we meet a fine man turned killer in one impossible moment.... The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories is a raw, hard-bitten collection that gathers together the best of Leonard's western fiction, to life. In "The Tonto Woman, " a young wife, her face tattooed by Indian kidnappers, becomes society's outcast - until an outlaw vows to set her free.... In "Only Good Ones, " we meet a fine man turned killer in one impossible moment.... "Saint with a Six-gun" pits a doomed prisoner against his young guard - in a drama of deception and compassion that leads to a shocking act of courage.... In "The Colonel's Lady, " a brutal ambush puts a woman into the hands of a vicious renegade - while a tracker attempts a rescue that cannot come in time ... and in "Blood Money, " five bank robbers are being picked off one by one, but one man believes he can make it out alive.

30 review for The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brian Turner

    Most authors of any genre should read this collection of short stories. Then you'll learn how to get character, emotion and description into a few pages while still managing to engage the reader. Can't really find fault with any of the stories. They're more well thought out, and not all relying on a shown down to lead to the action than a lot of other Westerns. Most authors of any genre should read this collection of short stories. Then you'll learn how to get character, emotion and description into a few pages while still managing to engage the reader. Can't really find fault with any of the stories. They're more well thought out, and not all relying on a shown down to lead to the action than a lot of other Westerns.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    A great book of Western short stories. There are some real gems in here. Elmore Leonard is great at thinking up plots that grab your interest. He always starts out in a mundane scene – but things get real interesting real fast. Three or four stories are sad, but most of them have the good guys coming out on top in the end, and saving the woman to boot. I enjoy Westerns.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael Brantley

    Not only is every Elmore Leonard short story entertaining, it is a lesson in writing. They all move quickly and then they are done. Very enjoyable read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Masterful brevity. Leonard never uses seven words when he can use four.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    I picked this up partly because I like Leonard's hard urban fiction and partly because I've seen some Western movies recently. Leonard's command of language is apparent, his characters are sharply drawn, and most surprising, he displays social consciousness in quite a number of stories such as "Only Good Ones," "The Kid," and "The Big Hunt." I picked this up partly because I like Leonard's hard urban fiction and partly because I've seen some Western movies recently. Leonard's command of language is apparent, his characters are sharply drawn, and most surprising, he displays social consciousness in quite a number of stories such as "Only Good Ones," "The Kid," and "The Big Hunt."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hugh Mcaloon

    An exceptional collection of short stories. I'd love to have seen some of these get extended into novellas or novels. And, I think, one was turned into a movie... twice! Evocative descriptions, characters you can root for and against... terrific writing makes terrific reading. An exceptional collection of short stories. I'd love to have seen some of these get extended into novellas or novels. And, I think, one was turned into a movie... twice! Evocative descriptions, characters you can root for and against... terrific writing makes terrific reading.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nenad Š

    1. The Tonto Woman - short story by Elmore Leonard (in Roundup, Garden City, Doubleday, 1982 [Western Writers of America Anthology]) 4* 2. The Captives - novelette by Elmore Leonard (in Argosy, February 1955) 5* 3. Only Good Ones - short story by Elmore Leonard (in Western Roundup, New York, Macmillan, 1961 [Western Writers of America Anthology]) 4* 4. You Never See Apaches… - short story by Elmore Leonard (Original Title: "Eight Days from Willcox" in Dime Western Magazine, September 1952) 5* 5. The 1. The Tonto Woman - short story by Elmore Leonard (in Roundup, Garden City, Doubleday, 1982 [Western Writers of America Anthology]) 4* 2. The Captives - novelette by Elmore Leonard (in Argosy, February 1955) 5* 3. Only Good Ones - short story by Elmore Leonard (in Western Roundup, New York, Macmillan, 1961 [Western Writers of America Anthology]) 4* 4. You Never See Apaches… - short story by Elmore Leonard (Original Title: "Eight Days from Willcox" in Dime Western Magazine, September 1952) 5* 5. The Colonel’s Lady - short story by Elmore Leonard (Original Title: "Road to Inspiration" in Zane Grey’s Western, November 1952) 4-5* 6. The Kid - short story by Elmore Leonard (Original Title: "The Gift of Regalo" in Western Short Stories, December 1956) 4* 7.The Big Hunt - short story by Elmore Leonard (Original Title: "Matt Gordon’s Boy" in Western Story Magazine, April 1953) 4-5* 8. Apache Medicine - short story by Elmore Leonard (Original title: "Medicine" in Dime Western Magazine, May 1952) 5* 9. No Man’s Guns - short story by Elmore Leonard (in Western Story Roundup, August 1955) 4* 10. Jugged - short story by Elmore Leonard (Original Title: "The Boy from Dos Cabezas" in Western Magazine, December 1955) 4* 11. The Hard Way - short story by Elmore Leonard (in Zane Grey’s Western, August 1953) 4* 12. Blood Money - short story by Elmore Leonard (Original Title: "Rich Miller’s Hand" in Western Story Magazine, October 1953) 4* 13. Three-Ten to Yuma - short story by Elmore Leonard (in Dime Western Magazine, March 1953) 4* 14. The Boy Who Smiled - short story by Elmore Leonard (in Gunsmoke, June 1953) 4-5* 15. “Hurrah for Captain Early!„ - short story by Elmore Leonard (in New Trails, New York, Doubleday, 1994 [Western Writers of America Anthology]) 4-5* 16. Moment of Vengeance - short story by Elmore Leonard (Original Title: "The Waiting Man" in Saturday Evening Post, April 21, 1956) 4* 17. Saint with a Six-Gun - short story by Elmore Leonard (Original Title: "The Hanging of Bobby Valdez" in Argosy, October 1954) 4* 18. The Nagual - short story by Elmore Leonard (Original Title: "The Accident at John Stam’s" in 2-Gun Western, November 1956) 3-4* 19. Trouble at Rindo’s Station - novelette by Elmore Leonard (Original Title: "Rindo’s Station" in Argosy, October 1953) 4-5*

  8. 4 out of 5

    A.J. Vanderhorst

    Having read most of Leonard's books now, with plans to read them all, I wouldn't say these western short stories represent his best work. However, some of these stories really shine (Three Ten to Yuma inspired two films) and "average to good" Elmore is still better than 90% of what's out there. The characters are vivid. The setting is immersive so you feel the sweat and creaking leather and kick of the carbine. When the dialog doesn't crackle, it still gets the job done. Four stars, but if it wa Having read most of Leonard's books now, with plans to read them all, I wouldn't say these western short stories represent his best work. However, some of these stories really shine (Three Ten to Yuma inspired two films) and "average to good" Elmore is still better than 90% of what's out there. The characters are vivid. The setting is immersive so you feel the sweat and creaking leather and kick of the carbine. When the dialog doesn't crackle, it still gets the job done. Four stars, but if it was almost anyone else, I'd be tempted to give it five.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Fred White

    Some of these stories are flat out amazing. I think my favorite is "The Colonel's Lady". It also contains the short story that has been made into a movie twice, "3:10 to Yuma". I even think there have been Gunsmoke stories loosely based on some of the stories in this book. Some of these stories are flat out amazing. I think my favorite is "The Colonel's Lady". It also contains the short story that has been made into a movie twice, "3:10 to Yuma". I even think there have been Gunsmoke stories loosely based on some of the stories in this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jean Salvas

    Not a big fan of short stories. But there were a couple that were very good. 3:10 to Yuma was a surprise considering the two movie releases with Glenn Ford and Russell Crowe.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mdaly

    Fantastic short story collection; each one a morality play where good faces evil in all its many guises.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Wendopolis

    Elmore Leonard is the master of the short story, and never has it been more apparent than in this collection of Western stories. Highly recommended.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    excellent short stories

  14. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    These stories were all included in the Complete Western Stories collection

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    It was high time that I read a western, and I have seen the Academy Nominated short film of the Tonto Woman and enjoyed it. Plus, this is a collection of short stories, so ir seemed a good place to start. I liked a few of the stories, but I found that too much of my brain power was invested is trying to keep the names of the characters straight, navigating my way around the endless and (to me) unnecessary brand names of guns, rifles and horse tack that I got bogged down and found myself skimming It was high time that I read a western, and I have seen the Academy Nominated short film of the Tonto Woman and enjoyed it. Plus, this is a collection of short stories, so ir seemed a good place to start. I liked a few of the stories, but I found that too much of my brain power was invested is trying to keep the names of the characters straight, navigating my way around the endless and (to me) unnecessary brand names of guns, rifles and horse tack that I got bogged down and found myself skimming quite a bit.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ken Schloman

    Although many readers today don't associate Leonard with westerns, he is the author of many westerns , several of which have made it to the movie screens. HOMBRE, VALDEZ IS COMING and of course 3:10 TO YUMA are the best known. This collection of short stories is classic Leonard. They a great intro to his work in the western genre. One warning--- 3:10 TO YUMA, the movie, is a significant expansion of the short story, contained in this volume,on which it is based. Although many readers today don't associate Leonard with westerns, he is the author of many westerns , several of which have made it to the movie screens. HOMBRE, VALDEZ IS COMING and of course 3:10 TO YUMA are the best known. This collection of short stories is classic Leonard. They a great intro to his work in the western genre. One warning--- 3:10 TO YUMA, the movie, is a significant expansion of the short story, contained in this volume,on which it is based.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Yofish

    A set of short stories--Westerns. It's Elmore Leonard, so, well, we get his Westerns. "The Tonto Woman" was made into a movie nominated for an academy award for live short in 2008---that's how I got to the book. All the stories are basically good. There's a little too much of Apaches are bad while whites are good. Whatever. I was a little disappointed in "3:10 to Yuma"---the Glen Ford movie might have been better. None of them really really stood out, but all are good. A set of short stories--Westerns. It's Elmore Leonard, so, well, we get his Westerns. "The Tonto Woman" was made into a movie nominated for an academy award for live short in 2008---that's how I got to the book. All the stories are basically good. There's a little too much of Apaches are bad while whites are good. Whatever. I was a little disappointed in "3:10 to Yuma"---the Glen Ford movie might have been better. None of them really really stood out, but all are good.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    Western - 19 short stories including "Three-Ten to Yuma". Story Collection contains: The Tonto woman—The captives—Only good ones—You never see Apaches—The colonel’s lady—The kid—The big hunt—Apache medicine—No man’s guns—Jugged—The hard way—Blood money—Three-ten to Yuma—The boy who smiled—Hurrah for Capt. Early—Moment of vengeance—Saint with a six-gun—The nagual—Trouble at Rindo’s station Western - 19 short stories including "Three-Ten to Yuma". Story Collection contains: The Tonto woman—The captives—Only good ones—You never see Apaches—The colonel’s lady—The kid—The big hunt—Apache medicine—No man’s guns—Jugged—The hard way—Blood money—Three-ten to Yuma—The boy who smiled—Hurrah for Capt. Early—Moment of vengeance—Saint with a six-gun—The nagual—Trouble at Rindo’s station

  19. 5 out of 5

    Barry Brierley

    Before he moved over into 'crime' novels, Dutch Leonard was a superb writer of westerns. Not shoot-'em-up Louis L'Amour stuff, but beautifully conceived characters, experiencing human issues in a western setting. This is a collection of short stories, each one better than the one before it. Excellent, excellent writing. Before he moved over into 'crime' novels, Dutch Leonard was a superb writer of westerns. Not shoot-'em-up Louis L'Amour stuff, but beautifully conceived characters, experiencing human issues in a western setting. This is a collection of short stories, each one better than the one before it. Excellent, excellent writing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Great set of short stories. Elmore writes better characters for a 20 page story than most writers can create for their books. Full of excitement, betrayal, and strong men and women. Stories are the perfect length to pick up and finish quickly with a satisfactory ending. Contains perfect "slices" of the American west. Great set of short stories. Elmore writes better characters for a 20 page story than most writers can create for their books. Full of excitement, betrayal, and strong men and women. Stories are the perfect length to pick up and finish quickly with a satisfactory ending. Contains perfect "slices" of the American west.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    I only ended up reading Three-ten to Yuma and a few others, but they were all great. Each had a bit of a twist to the characters and their motivation that kept the stories interesting and unpredictable even though they were all about essentially the same thing (as far as I could tell).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bobbye

    to be fair, i only read a three stories - but i liked them all. Very good dialogue (but i guess that is to be expected) and just the right amount of short to keep me interested.

  23. 5 out of 5

    E.J. Cullen

    Although I usually like Leonard, a little bit of this one is quite enough.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mark Pool

    I read the Tonto Woman story, but I'm not sure I even finished this book. I'm not a big fan of short stories. I read the Tonto Woman story, but I'm not sure I even finished this book. I'm not a big fan of short stories.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mavis

    This book was not as interesting as i thought it would be. Stories did not grab interest, better to read ( for ex:) Olive Oatman's true story. This book was not as interesting as i thought it would be. Stories did not grab interest, better to read ( for ex:) Olive Oatman's true story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ahlgren

    Short stories are not my cup of tea, but these open windows on the west that let in an interesting breeze.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anne Marie Bracco

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ricky Saidenberg

  29. 5 out of 5

    Steve Kneip

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

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