Synopses & Reviews
Sweet Honey Deal's not sure what compelled her to marry Walter Schoen, possibly the most boring man on Earth. So she quickly rectified the situation by leaving the dour German-born butcher to start a new life. A good thing, too, now that America's at war with Adolf Hitler and Walter's loyalty to his adopted country was always questionable. Even better, now U.S. Marshal Carl Webster wants to come up to Honey's room for an official "chat"...and for something more intimate, if Honey has anything to say about it.
The feds' legendary "Hot Kid," Carl's hunting two German POWs who escaped from an Oklahoma internment camp. Maybe Honey's estranged hubby knows something. Maybe Honey knows something. Maybe Carl can stay faithful to his wife. Or maybe they're all about to get tangled up along with a sultry Ukrainian spy and her transvestite manservant in a nutty assassination plot that can't possibly succeed...
"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.)
"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)
"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
"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
"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
"Leonard clearly loves these characters, and makes their interactions believable and a blast to read." Boston Globe
"Leonard's dialogue is so sharp and jazzy that it's a pleasure listening to his people zing each other into submission." Oregonian
German-born Walter Schoen, now living in Detroit, is a dead ringer for Heinrich Himmler. Along comes Carl Webster, the hot kid of the Marshal's Service, looking for a German officer who escaped from a POW camp in Oklahoma. All Carl wants is to get his man without getting shot. Now in a tall Premium Edition.
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.