"Sharp as an ice pick….You will love this excellent book."—New York Times Book Review
Elmore Leonard is the undisputed master, the "King Daddy of crime writers" (Seattle Times), in the august company of the all-time greats of mystery/noir/crime fiction genre: John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, et al. The creator of such unforgettable classics as Stick, Out of Sight, and Get Shorty—not to mention the character of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, lately of TV's hit series Justified—Leonard is in fine form with Mr. Paradise. A riveting Detroit-based thriller enlivened by Leonard's trademark razor-sharp dialogue, Mr. Paradise follows a smart Victoria's Secret model's attempt to score big after surviving a double murder in a millionaire's mansion…with a lonely cop acting as spoiler.
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by Elmore Leonard
by C.W. Smith
"Listening to Leonard's latest thriller is paradise found. That's because after a 15-year absence from the city for which his early mysteries were famous, Leonard returns to Detroit. It's one of his better capers. Chloe, a striking blonde who makes $5,000 a week entertaining an 84-year-old retired lawyer, talks her look-alike roommate into joining the party, so to speak. While one of the blondes is upstairs, Paradiso and the other are murdered by two thugs. The murders are investigated by Delsa, the acting police chief, who takes a shine to Kelly--or is she Chloe? Robert Forster's sonorous, sometimes raspy, voice is wonderful for the male characters--especially the too-stupid-to-be-believed killers. He's perfect for this Leonard ditty because he realizes that for this one the narrator has to sound just a tad sharper, funnier, and quirkier than ever. A.L.H. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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