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Rising Star and Wayward Son

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4 Extra Debut. A rising US Marshal and a wayward oil tycoon’s son criss-cross before their 1930s cop and robber showdown. Stars Luke Norris.

Elmore Leonard's enthralling criminal odyssey is set against the dusty, sun-kissed backdrop of Oklahoma and Kansas during America's Great Depression.

Carl Webster is a rising star in the US Marshals Service, one of the elite man-hunters currently chasing the likes of Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, and Pretty Boy Floyd across America's Depression-ravaged heartland.

Meanwhile, Jack Belmont, the wayward son of an oil millionaire, wants to be public enemy number one. The lives of the cop and robber criss-cross repeatedly before finally confronting in an inevitable show down.

Adapted by Katie Hims

Carl Webster . . . . . Luke Norris
Jack Belmont . . . . . Adam Gillen
Louly Brown . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Tony Antonelli . . . . . Nathan Osgood
Virgil Webster . . . . . David Acton
Heidi Dilworth . . . . . Bettrys Jones
Emmet Long . . . . . Shaun Mason
Marshal Bob McMahon . . . . . Ian Conningham
Oris Belmont . . . . . John Chancer
Doris Belmont . . . . . Elaine Claxton
Norm Dilworth . . . . . Paul Heath
Nancy Polis . . . . . Roslyn Hill
Crystal Lee Davidson . . . . . Hannah Genesius
Mr Deering . . . . . Michael Bertenshaw

Director: Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.

Critical praise for Elmore Leonard's novel:

"Elmore Leonard is our Prospero, a magician who has given us inspired fun for 50 years. He floats above the action, amused; his motto is surely Puck's "What fools these mortals be." In The Hot Kid, Oklahoma is his version of Shakespeare's enchanted isle in "The Tempest," a brave new world where maids and monsters, outlaws and oilmen, strange creatures all, act out their dubious destinies." - The Washington
Post

"As always, Leonard's prose seems effortless, his dialogue is perfect, and his humor is as dry as a moonshine martini....a terrific pleasure." - Booklist

"The whole sepia-toned caravan, in fact, is so relaxed that even the most violent felonies may leave you smiling. Leonard's gentle epic is as restorative as a month in the country." - Kirkus Reviews

28 minutes

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Wed 26 Jun 2019 01:00

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Role Contributor
Carl Webster Luke Norris
Jack Belmont Adam Gillen
Louly Brown Samantha Dakin
Tony Antonelli Nathan Osgood
Virgil Webster David Acton
Heidi Dilworth Bettrys Jones
Emmet Long Shaun Mason
Marshal Bob McMahon Ian Conningham
Oris Belmont John Chancer
Doris Belmont Elaine Claxton
Norm Dilworth Paul Heath
Nancy Polis Roslyn Hill
Crystal Lee Davidson Hannah Genesius
Mr Deering Michael Bertenshaw
Author Elmore Leonard
Adaptor Katie Hims
Director Sasha Yevtushenko

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