Mr. Paradise

By Elmore Leonard
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062119056, 384pp.)

Publication Date: September 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback, Paperback

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Description

In hindsight, lingerie model Kelly Barr realizes it was a very bad idea to accompany her call girl roommate, Chloe, to Tony Paradiso’s palatial Detroit home. A wealthy eighty-four-year-old ex–Motor City lawyer, “Mr. Paradise” enjoys watching old Michigan football games on TV while a sexy companion prances around his bedroom topless in a cheerleader outfit. On this particular night, however, two intruders decide to join the party, leaving Chloe and the old man dead while Kelly’s off elsewhere with Tony’s right-hand man. But just maybe Kelly can walk away from it all with a big score. First she needs to convince the cops she’s somebody else—and investigating Detective Frank Delsa, while good-hearted and lonely, is not stupid. That good heart, though, could get him into a lot more trouble than he ever bargained for.




About the Author

Elmore Leonard has written more than forty books during his highly successful writing career, including the bestsellers Road Dogs, Up in Honey's Room, The Hot Kid, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the 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, Out of Sight, and Be Cool. Justified, the hit series from FX, is based on Leonard's character Raylan Givens, who appears in Riding the Rap, Pronto, the short story "Fire in the Hole," and Raylan. Leonard is the recipient of the National Book Foundation's 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 lives in Bloomfield Village, Michigan.




NPR
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013

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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Praise For Mr. Paradise

“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.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“It’s a blast.”
-San Jose Mercury News

“You will love this excellent book.”
-New York Times Book Review

“Brilliantly constructed, wise and tough, this book ...offers a master class in how to write a novel.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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