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The odd thing about Walter Schoen, German born but now running a butcher shop in Detroit, he's a dead ringer for Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS and the Gestapo. They even share the same birthday.

Honey Deal, Walter's American wife, doesn't know that Walter is a member of a spy ring that sends U.S. war production data to Germany and gives shelter to escaped German prisoners of war. But she's tired of telling him jokes he doesn't understand — it's time to get a divorce.

Along comes Carl Webster, the hot kid of the Marshals Service. He's looking for Jurgen Schrenk, a former Afrika Korps officer who escaped from a POW camp in Oklahoma. Carl's pretty sure Walter's involved with keeping Schrenk hidden, so Carl gets to know Honey, hoping she'll take him to Walter. Carl then meets Vera Mezwa, the nifty Ukrainian head of the spy ring who's better looking than Mata Hari, and her tricky lover Bohdan with the Buster Brown haircut and a sly way of killing.

Honey's a free spirit; she likes the hot kid marshal and doesn't much care that he's married. But all Carl wants is to get Jurgen Schrenk without getting shot. And then there's Otto — the Waffen-SS major who runs away with a nice Jewish girl. It's Elmore Leonard's world — gritty, funny, and full of surprises.

Review:

"Set in the waning days of WWII, bestseller Leonard's disappointing 40th novel finds gunslinging U.S. marshal Carl Webster, introduced in 2005's The Hot Kid, on the trail of Jurgen Schrenk and Otto Penzler, German POWs escaped from their Okmulgee, Okla., detention camp. The pair wind up in Detroit in the care of Walter Schoen, a butcher and Himmler look-alike, with whose ex-wife, wisecracking bottle-blonde Honey Deal, Carl soon finds himself smitten. While married Carl contemplates breaking his marriage vows (Honey does anything but dissuade him), Otto disappears and a dysfunctional German spy ringled by hard-drinking Vera Mezwa and her cross-dressing manservant, Bohdancozies up with Jurgen. Vera and Bohdan, meanwhile, are secretly planning to disappear, but Bohdan wants to put in the ground anyone who could later give them up to the Feds. Leonard's writingline by lineis as sharp as ever, but the plotting is uncharacteristically clunky and the pacing is stuck in low gear. Leonard has written a lot of great books, but this isn't one of them." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Set in the waning days of WWII, bestseller Leonard's disappointing 40th novel finds gunslinging U.S. marshal Carl Webster, introduced in 2005's The Hot Kid, on the trail of Jurgen Schrenk and Otto Penzler, German POWs escaped from their Okmulgee, Okla., detention camp. The pair wind up in Detroit in the care of Walter Schoen, a butcher and Himmler look-alike, with whose ex-wife, wisecracking bottle-blonde Honey Deal, Carl soon finds himself smitten. While married Carl contemplates breaking his marriage vows (Honey does anything but dissuade him), Otto disappears and a dysfunctional German spy ring — led by hard-drinking Vera Mezwa and her cross-dressing manservant, Bohdan — cozies up with Jurgen. Vera and Bohdan, meanwhile, are secretly planning to disappear, but Bohdan wants to put in the ground anyone who could later give them up to the Feds. Leonard's writing — line by line — is as sharp as ever, but the plotting is uncharacteristically clunky and the pacing is stuck in low gear. Leonard has written a lot of great books, but this isn't one of them." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"I'm not going to say that this is the best novel Elmore Leonard ever wrote, or even that it's in his top 10. But reading 'Up in Honey's Room' is like dancing with the stars, and he's the star. You don't have to teach him anything or look for flaws in the smoothness of his steps or watch to see whether there will be gaps in his plots, or whether his characters will — if even for an instant — slip... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"It's as if the best of Mel Brooks and Quentin Tarantino were refined into something altogether finer and purer....If there is a little more slapstick and a little less crime here than usual, it hardly matters. The talk's the thing. Leonard hooks you with his first quotation mark." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Now in his 80s, and with 43 books to his credit, Leonard springs eternal. His new novel...is both enterprising and lively." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Fast moving, cold-blooded and comic, the action swerves and leaps from one character's adventure to another's, bringing echoes of the major events and everyday life of Detroit and America in the 1940s." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"Leonard's novels give you a better feel for America than any of the brooding fictional meditations on the emptiness of suburbia come close to doing....Leonard also has a keener eye for the absurd than any French existentialist has ever had. To wit: He never, ever fails to see the humor in it." Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"Leonard clearly loves these characters, and makes their interactions believable and a blast to read." Boston Globe

Review:

"Leonard's dialogue is so sharp and jazzy that it's a pleasure listening to his people zing each other into submission." Oregonian

Review:

"I'm not going to say that this is the best novel Elmore Leonard ever wrote, or even that it's in his top 10. But reading Up in Honey's Room is like dancing with the stars, and he's the star." Washington Post

Synopsis:

Up in Honey's Room is the newest novel in a string of critically acclaimed bestsellers from the renowned master of American crime fiction. Leonard brings his talent for characterization, rich ear for dialogue, and piercing insight to a gripping story set in the years of World War II.

About the Author

Elmore Leonard has written more than three dozen critically acclaimed books during his highly successful career, including the bestsellers The Hot Kid, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool, Get Shorty, and Rum Punch. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. He lives with his wife, Christine, in Bloomfield Village, Michigan.

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grampin, July 20, 2007 (view all comments by grampin)
Unconvincing characters set in unbelievable circumstances; typical Elmore Leonard. Strictly escapist reading for people who have too much time on their hands; like me.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060724245
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Leonard, Elmore
Author:
by Elmore Leonard
Publisher:
William Morrow
Subject:
General
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Mystery Historical
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
May 8, 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.01 in 17.76 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in the waning days of WWII, bestseller Leonard's disappointing 40th novel finds gunslinging U.S. marshal Carl Webster, introduced in 2005's The Hot Kid, on the trail of Jurgen Schrenk and Otto Penzler, German POWs escaped from their Okmulgee, Okla., detention camp. The pair wind up in Detroit in the care of Walter Schoen, a butcher and Himmler look-alike, with whose ex-wife, wisecracking bottle-blonde Honey Deal, Carl soon finds himself smitten. While married Carl contemplates breaking his marriage vows (Honey does anything but dissuade him), Otto disappears and a dysfunctional German spy ringled by hard-drinking Vera Mezwa and her cross-dressing manservant, Bohdancozies up with Jurgen. Vera and Bohdan, meanwhile, are secretly planning to disappear, but Bohdan wants to put in the ground anyone who could later give them up to the Feds. Leonard's writingline by lineis as sharp as ever, but the plotting is uncharacteristically clunky and the pacing is stuck in low gear. Leonard has written a lot of great books, but this isn't one of them." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in the waning days of WWII, bestseller Leonard's disappointing 40th novel finds gunslinging U.S. marshal Carl Webster, introduced in 2005's The Hot Kid, on the trail of Jurgen Schrenk and Otto Penzler, German POWs escaped from their Okmulgee, Okla., detention camp. The pair wind up in Detroit in the care of Walter Schoen, a butcher and Himmler look-alike, with whose ex-wife, wisecracking bottle-blonde Honey Deal, Carl soon finds himself smitten. While married Carl contemplates breaking his marriage vows (Honey does anything but dissuade him), Otto disappears and a dysfunctional German spy ring — led by hard-drinking Vera Mezwa and her cross-dressing manservant, Bohdan — cozies up with Jurgen. Vera and Bohdan, meanwhile, are secretly planning to disappear, but Bohdan wants to put in the ground anyone who could later give them up to the Feds. Leonard's writing — line by line — is as sharp as ever, but the plotting is uncharacteristically clunky and the pacing is stuck in low gear. Leonard has written a lot of great books, but this isn't one of them." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "It's as if the best of Mel Brooks and Quentin Tarantino were refined into something altogether finer and purer....If there is a little more slapstick and a little less crime here than usual, it hardly matters. The talk's the thing. Leonard hooks you with his first quotation mark."
"Review" by , "Now in his 80s, and with 43 books to his credit, Leonard springs eternal. His new novel...is both enterprising and lively."
"Review" by , "Fast moving, cold-blooded and comic, the action swerves and leaps from one character's adventure to another's, bringing echoes of the major events and everyday life of Detroit and America in the 1940s."
"Review" by , "Leonard's novels give you a better feel for America than any of the brooding fictional meditations on the emptiness of suburbia come close to doing....Leonard also has a keener eye for the absurd than any French existentialist has ever had. To wit: He never, ever fails to see the humor in it."
"Review" by , "Leonard clearly loves these characters, and makes their interactions believable and a blast to read."
"Review" by , "Leonard's dialogue is so sharp and jazzy that it's a pleasure listening to his people zing each other into submission."
"Review" by , "I'm not going to say that this is the best novel Elmore Leonard ever wrote, or even that it's in his top 10. But reading Up in Honey's Room is like dancing with the stars, and he's the star."
"Synopsis" by , Up in Honey's Room is the newest novel in a string of critically acclaimed bestsellers from the renowned master of American crime fiction. Leonard brings his talent for characterization, rich ear for dialogue, and piercing insight to a gripping story set in the years of World War II.
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