Mr. Paradise (Paperback)
|Author: Elmore Leonard|
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"Sharp as an ice pick....You will love this excellent book."
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.
Chloe is a former escort who's found herself a steady job as the personal dancer to a wealthy, retired lawyer named Tony Paradiso. The money's good and the work, dancing around in a topless cheerleader's outfit while he watches old football games, is not exactly challenging. One night Chloe and Tony have two guests at their party--she brings along her roommate, Kelly, and he invites his business partner, Montez Taylor. What should have been a night of naughty fun soon turns deadly and before anyone can even cheer "Go, team!" there are two dead bodies on the floor. Called into the crime scene, detective Frank Delsa soon learns that he has more than just a double homicide on his hands--indeed, he must solve a complicated case involving an assumed identity and a safe deposit box full of money.
"Like the best crime thrillers--which means like most of Leonard's work--this novel is character-driven, and in its wonderfully rich, authentically human cast the story finds its surprises. The prose, as expected from Leonard, is perfect--in 304 pages, there's not a word that doesn't belong exactly where he's placed it. Brilliantly constructed, wise and tough, this book, like so many recent Leonards, offers a master class in how to write a novel." 11/24/2003
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