If you have ever read any of my Elm...more
Comprising a mix of police procedural and Leonard’s own unique brand of crime fiction, ‘Mr Paradise’ is a fast pace...more
This book has those things, but it still left me wanting more. Kind of li...more
The police know what happened, but how to prove it. This story has all the elements of a gre...more
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.
"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
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
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
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
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
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
The book is dialogue-heavy, but that's actually a good thing, because as many of yo...more
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
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...more
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.
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