HarperTorch, Paperback, 9780062120250, 291pp.
Publication Date: November 29, 2011
A Hollywood hit .Taut, inimitable prose and characters who could have only sprung from the mind of Elmore Leonard.
The Chicago Tribune has dubbed Elmore Leonard, the coolest, hottest writer in America. In the same league as the legendary great ones John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain the King Daddy of crime writers (Seattle Times) demonstrates his remarkable mastery with Get Shorty, one of the most adored of his forty-plus novels. The basis of the hit movie starring John Travolta and Danny DeVito, Get Shorty chronicles the over-the-top, sometimes violent Hollywood misadventures of a Florida mob loan shark who chases a deadbeat client all the way to Tinseltown and decides to stick around and make movies. Get Shorty's shylock protagonist, Chili Palmer, is a truly inspired creation as memorable as another unforgettable Leonard hero, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens of the hit TV series Justified and readers will relish his moves and countermoves in this electrifying, funny, bullet train-paced winner from the greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever (New York Times Book Review)
“The greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever!”
-The New York Times Book Review
“An absolute master.”
-The Detroit News
Legendary crime writer Elmore Leonard published 46 novels, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. His works were adapted countless times for film and TV. Noah Adams remembers the man whose advice to other writers was "try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip." More at NPR.org
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