[quote=“Romaine Fielding, post:12, topic:1239”]I have no idea why you guys believe this was a short story. 3:10 to Yuma was a short story. Was Leonard’s novel, Valdez Is Coming, based on an earlier short story of his or something?
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Valdez is Coming was originally a short story called ‘Only the Good Ones’ published around 1961. Six years later, when he was looking for a subject for a novel that he could sell to the movies, Leonard reworked the story into a full length book and called it ‘Valdez is Coming’. So everyone is right really.
I have the short story in The Complete Western Short Stories of Elmore Leonard’ which is a book I’d recommend to anyone who likes good quality writing and westerns.