Comfort to the Enemy and Other Carl Webster Stories
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.
the Admiralty Islands, where CBMU 585 would maintain an air strip, Louly was a gunnery instructor at the Marine Air Base, Chapel Hill, NC. Carl wrote to Louly from New Guinea saying, ‘Believe it or not, the First Cavalry is the outfit that took Los Negros from the Japs, the first action in their history they didn’t ride in on horses. The island is secure, the cavalry’s waiting on us to come and get the airstrip in shape. General MacArthur referred to taking Los Negros as “putting the cork in the
and the officers could have a soccer league and put on plays and musicals, have three-two beer served in the canteen and officer’s club and their own chefs in the mess halls. ‘Oh, they can look down their nose at you,’ Wesley said, ‘and make demands, chew you out they think you aren’t living up to the Geneva Convention. I run this place like they’re guests of my hotel, the Fritz Ritz, as long as they don’t break any of the house rules, like hanging around near the fences. I tell my boys in the
holding me against my will. Deputy Marshal Carlos Webster said stay with that and you won’t go to jail. Remember?’ ‘I remember your big brown eyes looking up at me.’ ‘But it wasn’t till you came to Kansas City I knew for sure you loved me. When I was going by Kitty.’ ‘Working for Teddy,’ Carl said. ‘I spoke to him on the phone yesterday about Shemane. You don’t remember her?’ I told you,’ Louly said, ‘I’d only heard about her. How Teddy had her kidnapped and put in a whorehouse ‘cause her dad
got one of Teddy’s girls to move to Tulsa.’ Louly stopped and said, ‘ This could be the same suite they were in, when Teddy’s guy shot them.’ ‘They were up on nine,’ Carl said. ‘Teddy liked Shemane a lot, didn’t he?’ ‘He liked girls,’ Louly said. ‘I wouldn’t mind seeing him again.’ ‘What for?’ ‘In my uniform. Ask him what he’s doing for the war effort these days, besides getting GIs drunk.’ Carl said, ‘I thought he knew about Shemane entertaining her German POW, but she hadn’t told him. I
as Harry in England,” Dara said. “Harry’s with IMO, the International Maritime Organization, investigating—you ready?—piracy in the Gulf of Aden.” “Actually,” Harry said, “my role is with the Djibouti Code of Conduct people, under the auspices of the IMO.” Dara said, “Tell Xavier what you do.” “Quite simply, I speak to pirates directly, the leaders, about the hopelessness of their venture. They’re bringing the navies of the world down on them in their outboard skiffs. I try to convince them