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Up in Honey's Room (Carl Webster #2)

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Walter Schoen isn't just a Heinrich Himmler look-alike; this Detroit butcher is a dedicated Nazi spy who, when not busy slicing sausage, is avidly assembling Allied production data for his friends in Berlin. Tired of his covert shenanigans, his wife, Honey, divorces him. Looking for a good time, if not more, she lands in the lap of Carl Webster, the "Hot Kid" of the U.S. M...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by William Morrow (first published 2007)
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Keith
Honey Deal, a Kentucky girl who moved to Detroit during the depression met and married a butcher named Walter, who is himself an immigrant but from somewhat farther away. Walter is German by birth and a doppelganger for Heinrich Himmler—who he believes is his twin brother—and is involved with a German spy ring. After a year of unhappy marriage Honey divorces Walter and tries to move on but then, after being interviewed by the FBI, meets Carl, a U.S Marshall of some notoriety who is in search of...more
Luís Paz da silva
Li este livro numa semana, durante uma passeata de Chaves a Santiago de Compostela - a pé. Para as horas de descanso, que adivinhei longas, decidi levar uma leitura suave, que facilitasse não perder o fio à meada sem grande esforço. Acertei em cheio.

A minha estreia com a obra de Leonard não foi um arraial: "Unha com carne". Mas não foi uma desilusão. Achei graça ao livro, a culpa foi das elevadas expectativas que referências como Tarantino, Miguel Esteves Cardoso ou o meu amigo João Marques, que...more
Barbara
Aug 23, 2010 Barbara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Barbara by: Merilee Olson
Elmore Leonard's books are always good for their entertainment value.Perhaps some would consider his tales far-fetched, but he has the ability to bring life to his plot and credibility to most situations.

Up in Honey's Room takes place in Detroit during the final year of WW II. Honey had been married for one year to Walter Schoen, who not only resembled Himmler, but considered himself his separated twin due to their shared birthdate and place of birth! She is a bright, funny and attractive woman...more
Scott Rhee
"Up in Honey's Room" is Elmore Leonard's follow-up novel to "The Hot Kid". U.S. Marshall Carlos "Carl" Webster is a little bit older, but he's still got it. It's 1944 and the Allied Forces are kicking Germany's ass. Carl is state-side rounding up criminals and occasionally AWOL German soldiers who may or not be German spies. Some of them are just soldiers who don't agree with Hitler's National Socialist agenda, and they want out. Then there are the American citizens who agree with Hitler and wan...more
Zach
For those of you with fondness for Detroit (no that is not a joke!!)

The book is almost worth reading just for Elmore Leonard's descriptions of WWII Detroit, back when there were cornfields up on north Woodward to the zoo on Belle Isle to old the Hudsons Department Store.

(for recommendation of other historic Detroit novels, see end of this review).


For those of you who have yet to acquire a taste for Detroit, the book is typical Elmore Leonard, imaginative characters you can see, interesting di...more
Jamie
I’ve said before I’d petition Elmore to write about nothing but Kentucky from now on. Except now, I have to petition him to write so much more of our history. (At least the two aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive: Harlan County shows up here with Darcy, one of my favorite parts.)

After The Hot Kid and Comfort To The Enemy, and even Cuba Libre, this is just what I wanted to read. More Carl, Louly, and Virgil, more Jergen and Otto, more hilarious absurdity, more people with all different sides a...more
Andrew
I love Elmore Leonard, so I'm a bit bummed that this book wasn't better.

Not that it doesn't contain his usual mix of conniving (but dense) criminals, and steely lawmen with a soft-heart for a damsel in distress, but this time it never really comes together to be anything but exactly the sum of its parts.

The book takes place in Detroit at the end of WWII, with a mix of (non-evil) Nazis, would be Nazis, and just plain criminals that are ripe for the kind of selfish shenanigans that are at the hear...more
Nancy
Aug 06, 2011 Nancy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ww2
The varied responses of a group of readers to the same book always interest me, so I was intrigued by the very divergent GoodReads reviews of this book. Many loyal Elmore Leonard fans found it disappointing, but I couldn't get enough of the sassy, sexy Honey Deal and the other characters who populated this WW2 era novel.

There's no doubt that the story didn't really go anywhere, but for me it didn't need to. Leonard crafts his characters so well, with such economy in his language, that I really f...more
David Roberts
I am reviewing the thriller novel Up In Honey's Room by Elmore Leonard which is a very good book which I bought at a local secondhand bookstore. Elmore takes true crime stories and tries to get inside the minds of those involved and makes quite authentic novels out of them. His novels although very good are notoriously difficult to make into films although there have been some good ones like Jackie Brown & Out Of Sight. This novel takes the story of a group of Nazi German spies in America du...more
John
Elmore Leonard's books are a bit hit-or-miss for me, and this one unfortunately missed. The setup's promising -- it's the latter stages of WWII, two German POWs (one of them supposedly the future mystery-fiction bookseller/publisher Otto Penzler) escape and flee to join a Nazi cell in Detroit, there are shenanigans -- but the plot seems to have been made up on the fly. That can sometimes be invigorating, but here it just gives the impression that the book was thrown together as a chore, with the...more
Maduck831
“She stuck out her right arm in the Nazi salute to show she’d come in peace, with no intent of causing trouble, and said, “Sieg Heil, ya’ll. I’m Honey Deal.” (167) “Honey said, “I did, didn’t I?” and turned to Walter. “But I didn’t mean it, Hun. The point I was making, no, you didn’t have anything to do with the president’s death, how could you?” / “Believe what you want,” Walter said. / The buzzer buzzed.” (268)
Jake
Elmore Leonard's books are so much fun, you can tell he was writing this one with a big smirk on his face. My favorites of his tend to be ones where wacky characters keep gathering together for one explosive encounter ("Tishomingo Blues", "Bandits" and "Riding the Rap"). This is up there with them. I understand why it got such negative reviews, but still, if you're a Leonard fan, you have to read this. Bravo.
wally
begins: "honey phoned her sister-in-law muriel, still living in harlan county, kentucky, to tell her she'd left walter schoen, calling him valter, and was on her way to being honey deal again. she said to muriel, "i honestly thought i could turn him around, but the man still acts like a nazi. i couldn't budge him."

leonard employs a tool i've taken to calling "time passages" (check out al stewart's song you get a chance)...characters using their imagination as we all do...and in this one, one of...more
Mohammed
This book was a bit different than the first one in the series The Hot Kid. This time it was more about a cast of different characters than about Carlos Webster. Honey Deal was something special,i adored her. Real fun book,there was some characters you couldnt help but smile,chuckle.

Elmore Leonard still in top form.
John
Fun...not quite as good as "The Hot Kid" (this is the sequel) but still a lot of fun. Escaped German POWs and Ukrainian German spies and Kentucky cattle rustlers and a delusional butcher who thinks he's Himmler's long lost twin. And Carl the US Marshall and Honey Deal, the friendly seductress. All driving around 1940s Detroit shooting at each other and having martinis. Leonard's dialogue isn't at its absolute snappiest, but it's entertaining, and I was realizing that it isn't just the dialogue I...more
Joshua
I'm a long-time fan of Elmore Leonard--I think he's at the top of most authors read list since I started keeping track of the books I've read a dozen or so years ago. This is a more recent work by him and it isn't one of his best but come on, it's still Elmore Leonard! Sort of a loose sequel to one of his that I loved--THE HOT KID--and set in Detroit in the 1940s with escaped Nazis, flirtacious dames, Oklahoma marshall Carl Webster and the usual assortment of Leonard characters. Not a Leonard bo...more
Leonard
It took me a while to get interested in this, the first ELmore Leonard book I've "read." I thought that the dialogue in the first and second discs seemed to go around in circles and not lead anywhere. But then it became more interesting as some people started taking their clothes off and others were getting shot and killed! Although Mr. Leonard has a good name and has numerous funny lines in this book, I didn't get that enthused about any of the characters, or the story. Maybe I'll give him anot...more
Kara Jorges
After shooting his way through Prohibition in “The Hot Kid,” US Marshal Carl Webster returns for another adventure during World War II. Carl is married now, but his wife Louly is a Marine gunner, who is currently at a base teaching new recruits. Carl is still living in Oklahoma, but heads for Detroit as soon as he is able when some German POWs escape from a camp near his father’s pecan farm. Carl knows that Jurgen Schrenk, who spent most of his childhood in Detroit, still has friends there, so C...more
Claudiu
One of my pet descriptions of most entertainment that I run across is that it's popcorn. Just like popcorn it's not very filling, there's generally too little salt, the taste is bland, it's as forgettable as the next serving and by the end of the bag you're usually sick of it.

"Up in Honey's room" is exactly that. Forgettable popcorn with a few notable crunches that really fail to elevate the whole story.

I have had a pleasant starting relationship with this book. The era seemed right, I actuall...more
David
This novel, while rich in historical detail, really was a meandering tale with lots of flirtatious behavior on the part of the lead character, Honey. Carl comes to World war II Detroit in pursuit of two escaped German prisoners of war. The two escapees are now semi-connected to a spy ring. The spy ring really does very little except have cocktail parties and rage against the Americans.

Honey, was formerly married to an eccentric German Butcher, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Himmler. The bu...more
Susan Ferguson
I actually rather enjoyed this. I don't believe I've read Elmore Leanord before, but I will read more of his books. After all, he wrote "Get Shorty" - I've neither read the book nor seen the movie, but it is well-known (as are other books I've no intention of reading).
Honey Deal meets Walter Schoen outside of church one morning. Walter's family moved from Germany when he was quite young, so he grew up in the US, but feels he is German. After all: he looks like Himmler, was born on the same day a...more
Alexander
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Perry Whitford
A typically delicious set-up from "America's greatest crime writer" (so it says on the cover, not entirely erroneously), this time involving Nazi spies and escaped POWs in Detroit near the end of WWII, peopled with the usual melange of mischievous babes, laconic law enforcers and brazen, eccentric bad guys.
Honey is the too-cool-for-school heroine who becomes (somewhat incredulously) entangled with a ridiculous Americanized Nazi who fancies himself the unacknowledged twin of Heinrich Himmler, ha...more
Iowa City Public Library
Every now and then, Elmore Leonard comes up with a character good enough to use twice. Carl Webster, the Hot Kid, U.S. Marshall has gunned down a dozen criminals. Tho personally low-key, as as are all Leonard’s heroes, he’s good, knows it, and likes to talk about it, especially to reporters. Near the end of World War II, he’s sent to Detroit to catch Jurgen, escaped POW, personal acquaintance, and heckuva nice guy.

In Detroit, Webster immediately runs into Honey (think young Lauren Bacall), forme...more
David Williams

Honey Deal is a fun loving girl trying to make her way in Detroit during the Second World War. Her ex-husband is a proud Nazi and a lookalike of Heinrich Himmler. That has attracted the attention of the FBI. The famous Hot Kid of the Marshals, Carl Webster, comes to Detroit to find two escaped German POWs. One of the POWs is a childhood friend of Honey’s ex.

What follows is a delightful romp with some wonderful character. Leonard is known for his memorable characters, a he just keeps them coming...more
Tom Marcinko
The most off-the-wall book by Leonard that I’ve read. Cross-dressing villain out of Mel Brooks by way of Tarantino. Also pretty funny. A sequel to The Hot Kid.
Having a hard time with the notion of people who’d been victims of the SS working for the Nazis anyway because they hated the Russians more. Maybe it happened in real life, but I found it unconvincing in fiction.

~“I told him there wasn’t a destructive act that I could think of that would compare to blowing up the battleship Maine.”~

~“…I...more
Daniel
I've done a terrible job choosing Elmore Leonard books lately. I was aware that "Up in Honey's Room" had a poor reputation, but decided to read it anyhow because it's a sequel to his 2005 novel "The Hot Kid," which I enjoyed. I should have trusted the reviews, and remembered how bad most sequels are.

In "The Hot Kid," U.S. Marshall Carl Webster -- née Carlos -- was an interesting character, dealing with his mixed heritage and coping with a life necessarily filled with violence without becoming a...more
Bruce
In 1945 the F.B.I. is closing in on a German spy ring in Detroit. They interrogate Honey Deal, the ex-wife of one of the members, a butcher who looks like Heinrich Himmler and believes that he might be his twin brother separated at birth. Honey, however, tells the feds that Walter Schoen is nothing but a dreadful bore who knows how to cut meat. One year of marriage to him was enough for her. But a much more interesting man is about to enter her life. Deputy U.S. Marshal Carlos Webster arrives fr...more
Cromagon
For those of you who like Elmore Lenorad (of Get Shorty fame), this is just another in a series of really well written detective stories with a total unique twist. This is all about reading for fun! The characters are smart (including the bad guys), funny, and the settings are unique.

The setting is in Detroit during the final years of WW2. Carl Webster, Federal Marshal and cowboy from OK, is on the trail of two Nazi POW escapes in the USA. He stumbles upon a free-spirit, Honey Deal, whom he enl...more
Michelle
Picked this up for a trip home to State College. I wanted a story that would keep me awake after a long Friday and "Up in Honey's Room" with the myriad character's accents (German soldier, Oklahoma-raised sex kitten) done with great aplomb by actor Arliss Howard. The story had to do with a U.S. marshal and a department store associate with a penchant for walking around topless chasing down a Nazi spy ring in early 1940s Detroit. While the dialogue was not-at-all sleepy and the storyline was alwa...more
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Elmore John Leonard lived in Dallas, Oklahoma City and Memphis before settling in Detroit in 1935. After serving in the navy, he studied English literature at the University of Detroit where he entered a short story competition. His earliest published novels in the 1950s were westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into m...more
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