By Elmore Leonard
(HarperTorch, Mass Market Paperback, 9780060083960, 384pp.)
Publication Date: June 2005
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In hindsight, Victoria's Secret model Kelly Barr thinks maybe it wasn't such a great idea to accompany her callgirl roommate Chloe to Tony Paradiso's house. The wealthy, eighty-four-year-old retired Motor City lawyer's idea of fun was innocent enough: watching old Michigan football games on TV while a sexy companion shakes her pom-poms and prances around topless in a U of M cheerleader's outfit. On this particular night, though, two killers decide to get into the action, leaving Chloe and "Mr. Paradise" dead in the old man's living room while Kelly is elsewhere with Tony's right-hand man. There is a bright spot, an opportunity for a very profitable score, provided that Kelly can convince the cops she's somebody else. But Homicide Detective Frank Delsa isn't stupid, even if he is lonely, good-hearted ... and about to sign up for more trouble than he ever bargained for.
Elmore Leonard has written more than forty books during his highly successful writing career, and many of his novels have been made into movies. Leonard is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Bloomfield Village, Michigan.
Novelist Elmore Leonard without another reading from him reads an excerpt from his 58th novel, Mr. Paradise. The scene depicts a visit Detroit homicide detective Jackie Michaels makes to the home Anthony Paradiso, an 84-year-old retired criminal attorney (aka "Mr. Paradise) who has died. Michaels speaks with Mr. Paradise's houseman, Lloyd. He initially read the excerpt on Weekend Edition Sunday in 2004. Leonard died Tuesday at the age of 87. More at NPR.org
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“Brilliantly constructed, wise and tough, this book ...offers a master class in how to write a novel.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“You will love this excellent book.”
-New York Times Book Review
“It’s a blast.”
-San Jose Mercury News
“The dialogue and the characters crackle ...MR. PARADISE is a perfect crime caper from a master.”
-Detroit Free Press
“Leonard returns to his Detroit roots for another unlikely romance amid the thorns of crime.”