MR Paradise
Elmore Leonard
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MR Paradise

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In hindsight, Victoria's Secret model Kelly Barr thinks maybe it wasn't such a great idea to accompany her callgirl roommate Chloe to Tony Paradiso's house. The wealthy, eighty-four-year-old retired Motor City lawyer's idea of fun was innocent enough: watching old Michigan football games on TV while a sexy companion shakes her pom-poms and prances around topless in a U of...more
Published June 1st 2005 by Turtleback Books (first published 2004)
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Kelly and Chloe are roommates. Kelly is a model and Chloe was a hooker until she gave it all up to become the "girlfriend" of Anthony Paradiso Sr. an 85 year old retired lawyer and extremely wealthy man. Chloe talks Kelly into helping out with a cheerleader thing (don't ask). Unfortunately during the festivities, "Mr Paradise" and one of the girls are murdered and it falls to Detroit Homicide investigator Frank Delsa to unravel the mystery and find the killers.

If you have ever read any of my Elm...more
'Mr. Paradise' is a wealthy old man with a fixation for watching American football accompanied with a personal cheer act by two Victoria Secret models for hire in varying degrees of undress either side ofthe TV. Unfortunately for stand in cheerleader Kelly, her first gig entertaining the old man ends in murder with the former lawyer and one half of the cheer contingent gunned down.

Comprising a mix of police procedural and Leonard’s own unique brand of crime fiction, ‘Mr Paradise’ is a fast pace...more
Elmore Leonard might have the best dialogue in the game. It's real, it's gritty, it's amusing, it's wacky in the most honest sense of human nature. This book was delightful, but it was lacking the one character I wanted to know more about. In Leonard's best books, he has at least one character, and sometimes it's a few, that I want to read an entire biography about. Get Shorty had Chili Palmer and Out Of Sight had Jack Foley. He also needs to put them in situations for them to grow and get weird...more
It's easy to see why so many Elmore Leonard novels have been made into movies, and it wouldn't be surprising to see "Mr. Paradise" end up on the big screen as well. Leonard occasionally touches on his characters' internal lives, but his real strength lies in his dialogue. He has a fantastic ear for how people talk, how they joke with each other, how they react (or fail to react) to what someone else says in conversation. He's particularly good in capturing how cops and criminals talk with each o...more
Roger Lansing
ehhh...that's the way I feel about this book. I usually love Elmore Leonard novels and will say that I still really enjoyed the dialogue in this book. That is Leonard's most obvious strength. The other thing that I like about Leonard's stories is his ability to show us how stupid people can be. So many of his characters make very bad decisions (fed by greed or revenge or both)and then end up paying for those bad decisions.

This book has those things, but it still left me wanting more. Kind of li...more
David Williams
Anthony Paradiso, also known as "Mr. Paradise," is a retired lawyer with a young girlfriend. His girlfriend, Chloe, arranges an evenings entertainment with her roommate Kelly, a fashion model. They play cheerleaders while he watches University of Michigan football on TV. The evening ends in murder. Mr. Paradise and Chloe are murdered by hit men hired by Montez, Mr. Paradise's assistant. Kelly sees it all.

The police know what happened, but how to prove it. This story has all the elements of a gre...more
Halley Sutton
Even a Leonard book that I didn't love is a four star book.
David Spencer
Something about Leonard's writing style makes it well-suited to audiobooks. This was my second Leonard audiobook and my third time reading one of his books.

I give it 3 stars because while I enjoyed every moment of it, the plot isn't that interesting, there is no real mystery, you see the end coming a mile away, and there's nothing extraordinary about the characters. And yet, just through Leonard's craft, the book flies by and every CD track left me with a smile.
Here's the situation: An old man having fun in his fancy room with a young hooker on his lap. Suddenly two guys called Carl and Art storm into the house, heavily armed. The old man and the girl are unimpressed

"She said to the old man, "Friends of yours?"
The old man squinted at them like he was thinking. Are they?
Carl pointed his Smith at the old man, shot him in the chest and shot him in the head.
It caused the blond girl to suck in her breath, a hard gasp, and sit rigid, her painted eyes wi...more
My first foray into Elmore Leonard, I was somewhat confused as to how he's a bestselling author. Sure, the story was a quick, fun read, but nothing much actually happened -- there were no major plot twists or surprises, and the ending was expected. I guess his other stuff must be more gripping.
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Elmore Leonard is almost unparalleled in depicting the mean streets of Detroit (Loren D. Estleman gives him a run for his money.). But here is one of the gritty capers with which he built hi reputation. Recommended.

Thriller - Chloe is an escort for Anthony Paradiso. One night she persuades roommate, Kelly, to join her. Chloe and Paradiso are shot dead by two thugs; the hit set up by Montez Taylor, who's angry at Paradiso for cutting him out of his will. Montez asks Kelly to impersonate Chloe and...more
Cathy DuPont
Quirky. A quirky book by Elmore Leonard? Imagine that.
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Mucho había yo demorado un pequeño post para recordar a Elmore Leonard, el último grande de la novela negra que nos dejó en el 2013. Leonard, a pesar de su merecidísima fama fuera de España, no gozó de ese éxito por aquí. Quizá la forma de publicarlo, errática, sin seleccionar todo lo bueno que tiene, dejando para otros momentos sus obras menos redondas, ha lastrado esto. No tiene lógica que otros autores, medianías sin dudarlo, sin embargo, v...more
Lukasz Pruski
Years ago, impressed by rave reviews, I read two novels by Elmore Leonard, "Get Shorty" and "52 Pick-Up". I did not like the books at all. In fact, I found "Get Shorty" so boring that I just flipped through the last fifty pages to find out how the plot ends. I don't remember anything from that book other than my constant checking "is it the end yet?" So it was with a lot of apprehension that I picked up another novel by Mr. Leonard.

Well, a pleasant surprise! "Mr. Paradise" is a well-written and...more

Drôle d'avocat que ce Mr Paradise, de son vrai nom Tony Paradiso. À son âge, il n'exerce plus et jouit d'une fortune considérable qui lui permet de s'offrir de petits plaisirs dispendieux, telles ces jeunes personnes que lui ramène Montez Taylor, son homme de confiance. Montez est un ancien « client ». Mr Paradiso l'a jadis tiré d'un mauvais pas.
À présent, le très cool Montez s’occupe de recruter les jeunes femmes qui viennent le temps d'une soirée exécuter un numéro de majorettes de chaque côté...more
Elmore Leonard's stories--his Detroit crime novels in particular--are the literary embodiment of that famous Hitchcock quote, "Drama is life with all the dull bits cut out". Like the rest, Mr. Paradise hits the ground running like you've read about these characters a dozen times before, with no exposition to speak of. Everyone in Leonard's Detroit is a cop, a crook, a corpse, or at the very least is mere moments away from becoming entangled with one of the aforementioned, and that sort of stream...more
This was my first Elmore Leonard. I found it sufficiently enjoyable to read more of him. I'm always comparing crime authors with John D. MacDonald, whom I consider the gold standard, and Leonard joins the list of writers who do not measure up. Not enough of the introspection and acute observation one sees in the McGee books. But there's a lot in this one that's funny, in a dumb-criminals kind of way. The action centers around Delsa, a Detroit cop, and a murder of a rich old man and one of the tw...more
This was an interesting read - mainly because I was able to figure out where they were all the time, since it's based in Detroit, Michigan. I think it helps me a lot to be able to read something and know where they are.

The story started out well enough, but seemed to divert as it moved along. The romance that evolved seemed somewhat forced and really unneeded. I don't really know why it was there, it really drew me off the story, since I couldn't figure out why someone would risk their job doing...more
Nicolas Ronvel
Découverte d'Elmore Léonard à travers ce court roman. Je cherchais une ambiance "à la Justified", et c'est ce que j'ai retrouvé en partie.

Le rythme est élevé, mais on est pas devant un roman policier à mystères. Presque toutes les clés nous sont exposées dès le départ, et ce qui va être intéressant, c'est de découvrir comment toute la tension va monter pour craquer dans le final et exploser.

Et on découvre des criminels "débiles", qui font tout ce qu'ils peuvent, on dirait, pour se faire prendre....more
A straight crime-fiction novel and not one of his best (although, not one of Elmore Leonard's best still puts it ahead of most crime fiction out there) it was an entertaining, if somewhat predictable story. I was a bit disapointed with the ending; there was none of that Leonard style twisting and turning. It lacked the humor of many of his books in this same genre and most of the characters seemed a little wooden.

The book is dialogue-heavy, but that's actually a good thing, because as many of yo...more
Amanda Patterson
Elmore Leonard has written 40 novels. Mr Paradise will not disappoint his fans.
The author of Get Shorty is in fine form with this offering. We’re in Detroit where the ageing mega-wealthy Mr Tony Paradise mixes with Victoria's Secret models and hit men. He’s a fan of University of Michigan football and he hires these models to play the role of "cheerleaders", bare-chested while he watches videos of Michigan games.
Two hit men show up, killing the old man and one of the women. The surviving ‘cheer...more
This a classic Leonard with a crackling dialog and a colorful array of dangerous, misogynistic criminals who undermine their own schemes through greed and stupidity. The tale covers Detroit detective Frank Telsa's investigations of a contracted hit on an elderly retired lawyer and a call girl unlucky to be at the scene. It's been awhile since I felt compelled to enter Leonard's disturbing vision, but the joy of experiencing his delightful writing style and deft plotting return helps me see why I...more
Bookmarks Magazine

Like his previous noir novels, Mr. Paradise, dedicated to the Detroit Police Homicide Section, is "unputdownable" (Washington Post). A few loose ends, too much hipness--so what? We know whodunit early on, so Leonard devotes his energy to his quirky cast of lowlifes, replicating diverse American linguists including a McDonald's counter girl and a Chanel fashion model. Although the novel questions the many forms deception takes, it casts no moral shadow on the characters' questionable pursuits. Le

I enjoyed this book once I got into Elmore's style of writing.I was not a fan but he did bring to life Justified the TV series from his Fire In The Hole short story. With his passing I thought it was time to read at least one of his books. I picked a winner...This story is about two Detroit hired killers, a cop named Frank, and an eighty-four-year old retired lawyer Tony Paridiso, a.k.a Mr Paradise, who likes call girls. The story is full of cool characters and snappy dialogue...
Jack Gattanella
my first Leonard book all the way through and a good place to start. nothing earth shattering but a fun
and often funny pulpy noir complete with a cop and dame that fall in love, an old butler that is more hip to everything than expected, and lots of juicy, sometimes dumb thieves and killers and other oddball crooks. also, Robert Forster narrates the audio book which is perfect.
Jeff Parker
My first Elmore Leonard book, not bad but not great. I good summer read if you enjoy noir. While this one does not have the private detective you come to expect it does have the gritty noir feel. Skip it if you want a mystery, there is no suspense in this one it is all in the action and interaction.
I listened to this. It was just okay. Elmore Leonard is popular so I wanted to try one of his books out. The content was a little too coarse and vulgar for me. It is good for me to learn about the seedy underbelly of humanity and to know about motivations of criminals I suppose. There was a "love story" that held my attention but I was not satisfied with the details of it. Was the initial attraction going to blossom into true love? I wasn't certain at the end of the book. I went back to check if...more
Mike Jensen
The best of the dozen Leonard books I have read.

What he does well: little pointless chatter and all scenes contribute to the story. Characterizations are vivid and motives make sense.

What he does poorly: more than half-way through the book a character not previously met walks in with a file that has the answers to several crucial questions. This characer is seen again, but barely. This is a cheat and bad plotting. Some scenes are told out of sequence, which is usually a red flag and is here. Te...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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