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“Elmore Leonard is in a class of one….The greatest crime writer who ever lived.”
“Elmore Leonard is our greatest crime novelist…the best in the business.”
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 Elmores taking us to the Horn of Africa for an unforgettable confrontation with con men, crooked diplomats, documentary filmmakers, and pirates…and its going to be a wild ride!
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 pirates as a follow up to her Oscar winning Katrina documentary and Dara's savvy friend and fixer Xavier stumble into a thicket of intrigue before the two are on the open water. Rogues they encounter include a "whirlwind Texas entrepreneur" sailing around the world; a crooked diplomat in league with a charismatic pirate both eyeing a payday; and a pair of kidnapped al Qaeda operatives one an American citizen with a bounty on his head. Everyone has an angle or two and once the plots stumble through an awkward first third Leonard's hallmark breakneck pacing crackling dialogue and scalpel sharp prose kick in. Seasoned Leonard readers will see some grays poking through this at times reads like a quite good imitation of an Elmore Leonard novel but it still beats the pants off of most of the competition. (Oct.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"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 pirates as a follow-up to her Oscar-winning Katrina documentary, and Dara's savvy friend and fixer, Xavier, stumble into a thicket of intrigue before the two are on the open water. Rogues they encounter include a 'whirlwind Texas entrepreneur' sailing around the world; a crooked diplomat in league with a charismatic pirate, both eyeing a payday; and a pair of kidnapped al-Qaeda operatives, one an American citizen with a bounty on his head. Everyone has an angle or two, and once the plots stumble through an awkward first third, Leonard's hallmark breakneck pacing, crackling dialogue, and scalpel-sharp prose kick in. Seasoned Leonard readers will see some grays poking through — this at times reads like a quite good imitation of an Elmore Leonard novel — but it still beats the pants off of most of the competition. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Crime fiction grand master Leonard...remains in top form....[A]ll the signature Leonard elements are shining as brightly as ever....Leonard never tells a story in the expected way, but this time he outdoes himself. Marvelous entertainment." Booklist (starred review)
"Leonard's company of stock character types...are so cool that they can confront international terrorism without batting an eyelash....Not your father's anti-terrorism yarn. Leonard's characters make James Bond look fidgety." Kirkus Reviews
"[A] book without a powerhouse plot but with plenty of the old familiar crackle." New York Times
Elmore Leonard, New York Times
-bestselling author and "the hippest, funniest national treasure in sight" (Washington Post
), brings his trademark wit and inimitable style to this twisting, gripping — and sometimes playful — tale of modern-day piracy.
Dara Barr, documentary filmmaker, is at the top of her game. She's covered the rape of Bosnian women, neo-Nazi white supremacists, and post-Katrina New Orleans, and has won awards for all three. Now, looking for a bigger challenge, Dara and her right-hand-man, Xavier LeBo, a six-foot-six, 72-year-old African American seafarer, head to Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, to film modern-day pirates hijacking merchant ships.
They learn soon enough that almost no one in the Middle East is who he seems to be. The most successful pirate, driving his Mercedes around Djibouti, appears to be a good guy, but his pal, a cultured Saudi diplomat, has dubious connections. Billy Wynn, a Texas billionaire, plays mysterious roles as the mood strikes him. He's promised his girlfriend Helene, a nifty fashion model, that he'll marry her if she doesn't become seasick or bored while circling the world on his yacht. And there's Jama Raisuli, a black al Qaeda terrorist from Miami, who's vowed to blow up something big.
What Dara and Xavier have to decide, besides the best way to stay alive: Should they shoot the action as a documentary or turn it into a Hollywood feature film?
Dara Barr, a documentary filmmaker, is at the top of her game, but now she's looking for an even bigger challenge. So she and her right-hand-man — a six-foot-six, 72-year-old African-American man named Xavier — head to Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, to tackle modern-day pirates. Once they start filming, though, they find more than they bargained for.
About the Author
Elmore Leonard wrote forty-five novels and nearly as many western and crime short stories across his highly successful career that spanned more than six decades. Some of his bestsellers include Road Dogs, Up in Honeys Room, The Hot Kid, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories Fire in the Hole. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Rum Punch, which became Quentin Tarantinos Jackie Brown. Justified, the hit series from FX, is based on Leonards character Raylan Givens, who appears in Riding the Rap, Pronto, Raylan and the short story “Fire in the Hole”. He was a recipient of the National Book Foundations 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 was known to many as the ‘Dickens of Detroit and was a long-time resident of the Detroit area.