Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062119056, 366pp.
Publication Date: October 18, 2011
Sharp as an ice pick .You will love this excellent book. New York Times Book Review
Elmore Leonard is the undisputed master, the King Daddy of crime writers (Seattle Times), in the august company of the all-time greats of mystery/noir/crime fiction genre: John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, et al. The creator of such unforgettable classics as Stick, Out of Sight, and Get Shorty not to mention the character of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, lately of TV's hit series Justified Leonard is in fine form with Mr. Paradise. A riveting Detroit-based thriller enlivened by Leonard's trademark razor-sharp dialogue, Mr. Paradise follows a smart Victoria's Secret model's attempt to score big after surviving a double murder in a millionaire's mansion with a lonely cop acting as spoiler.
“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.”
“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)
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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