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...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,
This story is great because it weaves real life and hollywood movies together (in a book!) and many of the charact...more
Chili is the archetypal anti-hero, a guy not scared to knock some heads and able to make people do what he wants as easy as shooting them one of his 'dead eyed'...more
"What do you do?"
Chili watched the movie star hunch over, narrowing his shoulders. For a few moments he held his hands together in front of him, getting a shifty look in his eyes. ...
"Guy owes me fifteen large and takes off, I go after him," the movie star said. ...
"You're squinting, like you're trying to look mean or you need glasses. Look at me. I'm thinking, You're...more
This means only that I was even more thoroughly impressed upon opening this book than I would have been.
My first jolt: Here was a novel that featured a wiseguy without featuring any of the usual nonsense about the Cosa Nostra. Mr. Leonard makes it clear in th...more
Elmore Leonard is the main man on the crime-writing manor, and any (aspiring)writer should read his 10 rules of writing every day before they turn on their computer; his plots race along, driven by very believable characters who talk real dialogue and they are, by their nature, very filmic. While there have been some shock...more
Often I find I lose interest towards the end, or lose track of the action. Maybe I’ve been reading him too fast. He does leave a little bit of work for the reader, to put two and two together.
Some quotes from my notebook:
“I asked him one time what type of writing brought the most money and the agent says, ‘Ransom notes.’”
Ronnie said, “Let’s get the man a girl. Harry, you want one with big hooters or one that...more
OK, I'm usually much more into the literary-artistic-dreamy cafè-Joyce's Araby-Nabokov ripoffs, which I will love forever amen, but every once in a while it's good to get an ass-kicking, somebody who comes right...more