Mr. Paradise by Elmore Leonard

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Even second-tier Leonard has much to recommend it, however. As usual, he stocks the background with instantly memorable characters, like the aging, silent servant who's spent decades inching toward a big payday, or the two-man hit squad unfamiliar with the advantages of stealth.
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“Sharp as an ice pick….You will love this excellent book.”
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Elmore Leonard is the undisputed master, the “King Daddy of crime writers” (Seattle Times), in the august company of the all-time greats of mystery/noir/crime fiction genre: John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, et al. The creator of such unforgettable classics as Stick, Out of Sight, and Get Shorty—not to mention the character of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, lately of TV’s hit series Justified—Leonard is in fine form with Mr. Paradise. A riveting Detroit-based thriller enlivened by Leonard’s trademark razor-sharp dialogue, Mr. Paradise follows a smart Victoria’s Secret model’s attempt to score big after surviving a double murder in a millionaire’s mansion…with a lonely cop acting as spoiler.

 

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 13, 2009 by William Morrow. 372 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction
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Reviewed by Keith Phipps on Oct 23 2015

Even second-tier Leonard has much to recommend it, however. As usual, he stocks the background with instantly memorable characters, like the aging, silent servant who's spent decades inching toward a big payday, or the two-man hit squad unfamiliar with the advantages of stealth.

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