By Elmore Leonard
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062119056, 366pp.)
Publication Date: October 2011
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In hindsight, lingerie model Kelly Barr realizes it was a very bad idea to accompany her call girl roommate, Chloe, to Tony Paradisos palatial Detroit home. A wealthy eighty-four-year-old exMotor 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 Kellys off elsewhere with Tonys right-hand man. But just maybe Kelly can walk away from it all with a big score. First she needs to convince the cops shes somebody elseand 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.
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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