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Summary

The book that Get Shorty, the film starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, and Danny DeVito, was based on.

Collecting money for the Mob isn't too different from any other job, reckons Miami loan shark Chili Palmer. He soon finds himself ordered to collect on a bad debt from Leo Devoe, a guy who died in a plane crash. But it turns out Leo isn't dead - he's living it up in Las Vegas on the compensation money. So Chili follows him to Vegas and then on to Hollywood, where he gets drawn into the world of movies....

Elmore Leonard was born in New Orleans on 11 October, 1925. He wrote 45 books during his phenomenal career, including the best sellers Mr Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool and The Hot Kid. Many have been made into successful movies, including Get Shorty with John Travolta, Out of Sight with George Clooney, and Rum Punch, which became Tarantino's Jackie Brown. He is the recipient of the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. He died on 20 August, 2013, in Detroit.

©1990 Emore Leonard (P)2014 Audible Studios

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"In Hollywood, home of movies, gorgeous women, players and fast operators - every move you make is a potential scene.... Nerve-shattering suspense, crackling dialogue and scathing wit from 'the hottest thriller writer in the US'." ( Time)

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Great take on Hollywood

This book really sums up what Hollywood is all about, while adding in some perfect situations and the expected Leonard dialogue.

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Great narration, dull and average book

Title says it all. Narration was very good, easy on the ears but the book itself is mediocre. Parts are unbelievable & the bits that aren't don't have any sense of drama.

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  • 29-12-19

Dreadful

Poor Elmore. He deserves better. The narrator is like a 25 year old grade 3 teacher reading to his class. Wait for the next version. I can’t stand it!!

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  • 21-02-18

great story great read

the best dialogue ever written. great plot. thick 3d characters. elmore Leonard. what more is there to say. LOVED EVERY WORD

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