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Mr. Paradiseby Elmore Leonard
"[Leonard's] best novel since Out of Sight....Leonard has a feel for the wisecracking, no-nonsense quickness that drew lovers together in the romantic film comedies of the '30s....A reviewer who has written about more than one Leonard novel risks repeating himself because Leonard is so consistent. Maybe you've heard it before...but I'd be falling down on the job if I didn't say — once again — that Leonard has perhaps the most finely developed instinct for writing within the voices of his characters in contemporary American fiction....The plots of Leonard's books don't unfold with the breathlessness of thrillers but with a sense of inevitability that's derived from farce." Charles Taylor, Salon.com (read the entire Salon.com review)
Synopses & Reviews
Roommates Kelly and Chloe are enjoying their lives and their downtown Detroit loft just fine. Kelly is a Victoria's Secret catalog model. Chloe is an escort, until she decides to ditch her varied clientele in favor of a steady gig as girlfriend to eighty-four-year-old retired lawyer Tony Paradiso, a.k.a. Mr. Paradise.
Evenings at Mr. Paradise's house, there's always an old Michigan football game on TV. And when Chloe's around, there's a cheerleader, too, complete with pleated skirt and blue-and-gold pompoms. One night Chloe convinces Kelly to join in the fun, along with Montez Taylor, Tony's smooth-talking right-hand man.
But things go awry and before the end of the evening there will be two corpses, two angry hit men, one switch of identity, a safe-deposit box full of loot up for grabs, and, fast on the scene, detective Frank Delsa, who now has a double homicide — and a beautiful, willful witness — to add to his already heavy caseload.
With a cool cast, snappy dialogue, and all the twists and turns fans crave, Mr. Paradise is Elmore Leonard at home in Detroit and sharper than ever.
"[A] wonderfully rich, authentically human cast....The prose, as expected from Leonard, is perfect....Brilliantly constructed, wise and tough, this book, like so many recent Leonards, offers a master class in how to write a novel." Publishers Weekly
"[A] violent, hard-boiled, streetwise brand of romantic comedy....Leonard virtually invented this genre with Stick, and he's been doing it effortlessly ever since. Pure entertainment." Bill Ott, Booklist
"Leonard...entangles [his story] with lowlifes who are a lot less interesting than his romantic leads. This time, in fact, the hero and heroine have a pretty easy time of it. Nice for them, anyway." Kirkus Reviews
"Leonard is in fine form...with this gem of a novel....Leonard handles both aspects of the story with aplomb: the developing relationship is kept almost as interesting as the investigation of the case. A study in cool, gritty style..." Library Journal
"Not a whole lot [happens], by the standard of better recent Leonard books like Tishomingo Blues....But Mr. Leonard still sets the gold standard for crime-related patter." Janet Maslin, The New York Times Book Review
"While reading Mr. Paradise, one is serenely happy just to be reading it. Afterward, though, one may think back a little and note a few loose ends....It is unputdownable, packed with excruciating suspense and I couldn't stop reading it." The Washington Post
"With a talent that makes it all look so easy, Leonard pulls the reader immediately into his world with his trademark brilliant dialogue, shady characters, sneaky plot twists and unerring faith that...most people will really mess things up." Michele Ross, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"I've gone on record suggesting that the next time the members of the Swedish Academy think about giving the Nobel Prize for literature to an American, they take a look at Elmore Leonard. Mr. Paradise...doesn't give me any reason to change my mind." Frank Wilson, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Mr. Paradise is a perfect crime caper from a master, exactly that, and what more do you want?" Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press
"Mr. Paradise is filled with ironic quotation marks, though he doesn't put them on the page. Tone is everything....[An] excellent book." Ann Beattie, The New York Times Book Review
Elmore Leonard is one of the best-known popular, contemporary authors writing today. His latest, Mr. Paradise, is his first Detroit homicide book in 20 years, and has a whole new cast of characters of the kind that only he can create.
“Sharp as an ice pick….You will love this excellent book.”
—New York Times Book Review
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 TVs hit series Justified—Leonard is in fine form with Mr. Paradise. A riveting Detroit-based thriller enlivened by Leonards trademark razor-sharp dialogue, Mr. Paradise follows a smart Victorias Secret models attempt to score big after surviving a double murder in a millionaires mansion…with a lonely cop acting as spoiler.
About the Author
Elmore Leonard has written more than three dozen books during his highly successful writing career, including the bestsellers Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool, Get Shorty, and Rum Punch, and his most recent 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 and Out of Sight. He is the recipient of the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife, Christine, in Bloomfield Village, Michigan.
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