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Mr. Paradise (Leonard, Elmore) [Hardcover]

Elmore Leonard
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Jan 2004 Leonard, Elmore
April in Detroit, snow predicted. Trouble too is predicted for good friends Kelly and Chloe. As the pair put on a show for 84-year-old Anthony Paradiso, Montez Taylor waits, anxious, for the evening's real show to start.
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  • Hardcover: 291 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company; 1 edition (Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060083956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060083953
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,844,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elmore Leonard was born in New Orleans on 11 October 1925. He wrote forty-five books during his phenomenal career, including the bestsellers 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.

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"'Elmore Leonard is the Muhammed Ali of mystery novelists: the greatest. The man doesn't know how to write a bad sentence' Carl Hiassen" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Murder, mayhem, scams and cheerleaders... Another exemplary crime thriller from the grandmaster of US fiction. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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LATE AFTERNOON CHLOE AND KELLY WERE having cocktails at the Rattlesnake Club, the two seated on the far side of the dining room by themselves: Chloe talking, Kelly listening, Chloe trying to get Kelly to help her entertain Anthony Paradiso, an eighty-four-year-old guy who was paying her five thousand a week to be his girlfriend. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Mr. Paradise, real name Anthony Paridiso, is a retired personal injuries attorney. He's eighty-four years old, healthy for his years and he gets his kicks watching video tapes of his favorite Wolverines' football games. Well, he sort of spices up the video with a dancing hooker whose services cost him a paltry five grand a week. But then again there's nothing like a topless cheerleader with a blue M painted between her breasts with a magic marker, especially if she's not wearing any panties underneath her pleated cheerleader skirt.

Montez Taylor is Mr. Paradise's chief factotum and gopher. He's black and criminal, a wannabe operator who cruises around the city, acting smooth and slick and he's just been left out of the old man's will.

Chloe Robinette is twenty-seven, has a loft on the riverfront she paid $400,000 cash for, back when she hadn't slimmed her client list down to only the spunky Mr. Paradise.

Kelly Barr is Chloe's roommate. She's a Victoria's Secret model and just about a dead ringer for blond and blue-eyed Chloe.

Chloe recruits Kelly to assist her one night in the cheerleading routine and two hit men hired by Montez, because he's upset about the will thing, crash the party, leaving Paradise and Chloe dead. Fortunately for Kelly she was upstairs with the smooth and slick operator at the time. Montez needs Kelly because Paradiso had signed over some to Chloe that's worth big money and it's lodged in a safe-deposit box in Montez's name. Montez wants Kelly to pose as Chloe, so he can collect on it.

Then along comes Homicide detective Frank Delsa who finds himself attracted to Kelly who finds herself attracted to him as well. And so it goes in this rip roaring read that I just loved to pieces.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A return to form for Elmore Leonard 6 Oct 2012
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Tony Paradiso, otherwise known as Mr Paradise, enjoys watching old football matches on television with live entertainment - sexy cheerleaders dressing and undressing for his pleasure. And since he's a wealthy man, there's no shortage of attractive young women happy to entertain him.

But for Chloe Robinette, Mr Paradise's favourite, playing dress-up ends badly when she's caught in the crossfire of a contract assassination. Chloe's roomate Kelly is a witness to the murder, but as long as she can convince people she's Chloe then she'll be in line for a chunk of Mr Paradise's estate. And that's when things start to get really complicated.

Originally published in 2004, Mr Paradise was hailed at the time as a return to form. Many people will be aware of Leonard from the Hollywood adaptations of his novels Get Shorty and Jackie Brown, and Mr Paradise crackles with the same type of energy, wit and violence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard Returns to 5-Star Form 26 May 2007
This is around the 12th or 13th Leonard novel I've read, and it's been several years since I really enjoyed one from start to finish. Happily, his latest Detroit-set caper is pitch perfect and a ton of fun. Things kick off with typical Leonard oddballness: retired and ultra-wealthy lawyer Mr. Paradiso likes to watch tapes of old University of Michigan football games, and pays an escort $5,000 a month to dress up as a topless UM cheerleader for these sessions. One night she talks her model roommate into coming along for a special twin cheerleader session, and of course that's the night two hit men come to whack Mr. Paradiso.

As in so many of Leonard's books, the criminals don't really have their acts together. The hit was supposed to be called off for the night, but the hit man's wife didn't pass along the message, and so the escort is added to the body count, complicating things. However, things get even more complicated when the old man's personal assistant strong-arms the model into swapping identities with the dead escort -- and soon Detective Frank Delsa is on the scene, smelling a rat. It's one of those crime capers where the suspense comes not from knowing who did what (that's all cut and dried), but how it's all going to play out, and how Delsa is going to put the pieces together. There's a host of highly entertaining and distinctive supporting characters, including the two hit men, a smalltime snitch, the assistant, an seemingly-decrepit butler, Paradiso's family, and a crooked lawyer.

The plotting is both intricate and seemingly effortless, as the story unfurls in a breezy, unhurried tone with plenty of humor and violence. Tonally, it's very very similar to "Out of Sight", with everyone playing angles, the cop who knows what's what but is letting it play out, and the flirty romance between Delsa and the model, and plenty of sly dialogue. It's nice to see the master can still knock one out of the park.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 9 Jun 2005
Elmore Leonard is the man behind two of the best films of the 1990's - Get Shorty and Jackie Brown - but this one falls pitifully short of those standards. He probably wrote it faster than I could read it !

So the author demands respect, he's up there with the greats but "Mr Paradise" is not the book he will be best remembered for. It's about two girls, Chloe and Kelly, who spend an evening with a wealthy man (Mr Paradise) at his mansion for the sole purpose of entertaining him in whatever way he chooses, and they know they will get highly paid for it. But something goes terribly wrong, and two people end up dead. Much of the ensuing story relates to why Mr P was killed, and who will benefit in his last will and testament.

This is a very 'talky' novel, not what I had expected from an author who has in the past been so skilled at describing the atmosphere of places and events, and the way that different and often interesting characters inter-act with each other. This story, by comparison, is lacking in that famous Elmore Leonard spirit, it's a by-the-numbers account of an investigation into a contract killing and one in which the cop falls for the beautiful key witness, his first romantic encounter since the death of his wife a year or two earlier. Ho-hum. Nothing radical here, it reads like a kind of soap opera or TV movie, and it would be sad if you buy this book and form an impression of the writer if this is to be your first encounter with him. Believe me, he's much, much better than this. Try Rum Punch to see what I mean.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
funny guy Mr Paradise but then it's an Elmore Lenoard book so why am I surprised
Published 1 month ago by Sam E
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Paradise
Another first-rate Elmore Leonard crime thriller. He really did have that special quirky touch which distinguishes outstanding crime fiction from the rest.
Published 6 months ago by PJB
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Paradise
A rich old man, a case of mistaken identity, two hired guns and a cop who falls for a suspect! This has got the lot Elmore Leonard at his best if you like his stuff you can't go... Read more
Published 14 months ago by DRS
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Paradise
Another GOOD book from the Elmore Leonard stable,He keeps writing,I keep buying and reading,all good books ,so far! Read more
Published 21 months ago by richard
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kings not dead after all....
Thank God that Elmore Leonard has found his form again, this is old school Elmore at his best, the thing about his books is that the dialogue and characterisations are so slick. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2006 by Tassos Patsalides
4.0 out of 5 stars great read oldtime leonard
just had to agree with ben's review

if you like city primevel and freaky deaky

your like this one

if your a leonard fan don't miss it
Published on 24 Jun 2006 by A. O. Marsh
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Leonard's stronger novels!
I was very surprised to read the negative reviews here for "Mr Paradise". Judging this novel against his other recent works I found it one of the more interesting stories. Read more
Published on 18 April 2006 by Ben
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