Get Shorty (Chili Palmer #1)
Mob-connected loanshark Chili Palmer is sick of the Miami grindâ��plus his "friends" have a bad habit of dying there. So when he chases a deadbeat client out to Hollywood, Chili figures he might like to stay. This town with its dreammakers, glitter, hucksters, and liarsâ��plus gorgeous, partially clad would -be starlets everywhere you lookâ��seems ideal for an enterprising...more
Chili Palmer is a small time loan shark in Miami who once got into a beef with another gangster, Ray Barboni, who has held a grudge...more
One of the rules, and it hasn’t failed yet, is to make as many new friends as possible. I can do this on trips, because there’s so much wide open space of solitude that it’s hardly an intrusion. I’ll talk to anyone. I’ll talk to a lamppost....more
The value of this book is watching a collection of characters and the shallowness of movie-making. It was different and good. But I can’t say I really liked it. Each time I put it down I had no desire to get back to it.
THE DRAW IS CHILI’S CHARACTER:
Chili is a wise guy loan shark. He doesn’t use a gun. His style of intimidation is quiet, making the victim imagine bad things will happen if he doesn’t p...more
What makes Leonard's writing shine is the dialogue; you've heard the overused "dialogue crackles" rave? Well Leonard really delivers...this is why his novels ma...more
My parents had a lot of these kicking around the house, so there was a period where I picked them up whenever I ran out books.
Chilli Palmer is a great character - noth...more
Here I am trying to plot out my next book and along comes this gem which is basically a meta-exploration of story-telling, from that first glint of a good idea, to the way it falls apart on you, again and again, but can be bolstered with flashes of insight and workshopping with others.
This scene kills me, where a shylock asks a drug dealer if he knows how to write a screenplay, and the dealer responds,
All this just serves to take a lot of pressure off the narrative, and gives Leonard's twisting plots plenty of room to play.
"Get Shorty" is a prime example of this. The main character is a loan shark with mob ties...more
You can rely on Elmore Leonard to tell you the hell of a good story : this is probably one of his best stories ever ! And Barry Sonnenfeld turned it in a very good movie with John Travolta as an amazing C...more
This story is great because it weaves real life and hollywood movies together (in a book!) and many of the charact...more