Djibouti by Elmore Leonard
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“Elmore Leonard is in a class of one….The greatest crime writer who ever lived.”
—Dennis Lehane

 

“Elmore Leonard is our greatest crime novelist…the best in the business.”
 —Washington Post

 

44 novels and still going strong! The incomparable Elmore Leonard—“The reigning King Daddy of crime writers” (Seattle Times)—is back with Djibouti, a gripping, twisting, playful, and always surprising tale of modern-day piracy. Djibouti sparkles with the trademark Leonard style, wit, and crackling dialogue that have made novels like Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and The Hot Kid crime fiction classics. This time Elmore’s taking us to the Horn of Africa for an unforgettable confrontation with con men, crooked diplomats, documentary filmmakers, and pirates…and it’s going to be a wild ride!

 

About Elmore Leonard

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Elmore Leonard has written more than forty books during his highly successful writing career, including the bestsellers Road Dogs, Up in Honey's Room, The Hot Kid, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories When the Women Come Out to Dance. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Be Cool. Justified, the hit series from FX, is based on Leonard's character Raylan Givens, who appears in Riding the Rap, Pronto, the short story "Fire in the Hole," and Raylan. Leonard is the recipient of the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA, and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Bloomfield Village, Michigan.
 
Published October 12, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 289 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime, Romance, History, Travel. Fiction

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He’s Jama Raisuli, an American Muslim who together with noted al-Qaeda operative Qasim al Salah is removed from the tanker Aphrodite just after they succeeded in hiding enough phone-activated explosives aboard to blow the ship and its load of natural gas to kingdom come.

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She gets to know the courtly Idris, whose day job as a pirate leader does nothing to diminish his skills as a debonair party host, and Ari Ahmed Sheikh Bakar, a Saudi diplomat who has done his best to anglicize his name into “Harry.” Then Dara goes back to the boat that she and Xavier have rente...

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The New York Times

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Elmore Leonard’s heroine, a New Orleanian in the Horn of Africa to make a film about Somali pirates, falls into an interlaced web of cons, crosses and goofs.

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Xavier is our anchor, as here watching Dara get off a plane with Ari: "Now Dara was coming along talking to an Arab-looking guy, nodding, getting along, maybe sat next to each other on the flight.

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Publishers Weekly

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In Leonard's new novel, Oscar-winning documentarian Dara Barr and her 73-year-old assistant, Xavier LeBo, travel to the Horn of Africa to film Somali pirates.

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BC Books

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Djibouti, the latest thriller from the word processor of prolific novelist Elmore Leonard, starts out as a story about Somali pirates, which morphs into an al Qaeda terrorist plot gone astray.

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New York Journal of Books

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In Dara and Xavier there is a conflict between trying to make a documentary (and good documentaries “always reveal the truth”) and a feature film in which that truth is embroidered (and if the truth isn’t available, one can always “make up stuff we don’t have.”) This conflict is played out in a v...

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The Washington Times

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For one thing, it brings to mind the word “booty,” which we associate with pirates, especially pirates of old.

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AV Club

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The crime-caper master wanders off his usual turf, but still writes with his distinct stamp.

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AV Club

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The port-city capital of the tiny, strategically located country of Djibouti seems like foreign territory for Elmore Leonard, whose novels generally travel along the Detroit/Miami axis.

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Los Angeles Times

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The veteran novelist writes about filmmakers documenting Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden.

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Express

One can almost hear the author in the background sighing wistfully: “Oh to be 72 again...” Djibouti is not a classic Leonard but it is heartening that in his 44th novel he is refraining from just making carbon copies of his old masterpieces and instead takes the risk of sailing into rather more...

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Oregon Live

After 44 books and 85 years, Elmore "Dutch" Leonard still has panache and the gumption to experiment.

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Publishers Weekly

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Leonard (Road Dogs) goes exotic with this eventually killer story of contemporary piracy set on the horn of Africa. Dara Barr, a documentary filmmaker newly arrived in Djibouti to make a film about pi

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Bookmarks Magazine

Reviewed: Mr. Paradise ( 4 of 5 Stars May/June 2004), The Hot Kid ( 4 of 5 Stars July/Aug 2005), Up in Honey's Room ( 4 of 5 Stars July/Aug 2007), Road Dogs ( 4 of 5 Stars Selection Sept/Oct 2009).

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Lit Reactor

With her fourth film, she travels to Somalia with her camera man and life long merchant sailor, Xavier, in hopes of interviewing and filming modern pirates in action.

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