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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Reprint edition (6 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141009861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141009865
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,677,756 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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By now just about everyone knows that a visit to Leonard country is at least going to be a trip. With cool dudes. And whipcrack dialogue. And angles, lots of angles. Tishimongo Blues, aficionados will be relieved to hear, is all that and more. When professional high diver Dennis Lenahan arrives at the Tishomingo Lodge and Casino, in Tunica, Miss., and sets up his 80-foot ladder and nine-foot deep pool, almost the first thing he sees is Floyd Showers getting taken out. Five bullets, neat, but noisy. Next he meets Robert Taylor, a blues-loving operator just down from Detroit, and Dennis starts to get sucked into a whole other lawless world of gangsters, girls and Civil War re-enactments. As weird a slice of Americana as you could wish for. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Vintage Elmore Leonard - a searing tale of gambling, gangsters, hidden agendas and a whole heap of trouble from the virtuoso of American crime fiction. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "robperkins5" on 20 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
Let me qualify this firstly by saying I've read a fair bit of Elmore, I started with Bandits, moved through Freaky Deaky and Get Shorty, to Cuba Libra, Out of Sight, Glitz, Be Cool and Riding the Rap. Tishomingo is easily the best of the lot for me. A great central character, Dennis, with an interesting back story as a high diver, is paired up with a shady out of towner called Robert and helps him take over the business interests of the Southern Mafia. As you would expect, the dialogue and characterization are typically excellent; well drawn heroes and villains and their molls spitting out barbed language that sounds so fresh and real it's hard to believe Elmore hasn't been out on the streets with these actual people and recorded it.
Naturally the plot contains as many satisfying twists as ever, but what really made this one stand out for me above all the rest of Elmore's work was the sheer joy he seems to have taken in writing it. He clearly loves talking about old blues and civil war re-enactments from the way he goes into such detail about them, which makes it much more interesting for the reader. The locations are lush and vividly depicted, the action tense, and the conclusion hugely satisfying. If you're a fan already, get this. If you're a newcomer to Elmore, this will convert you. I hear it's going to be filmed as well, pray Soderbergh or Sonnenfeld gets it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Carnegie HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 15 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
Elmore Leonard writes character driven stories where the good and bad guys are not always obvious, because they are human. He also doesn't spoon feed to you the plot or insult your intelligence with a need to explain every move or motive, unlike the likes of Dan Brown, John Grisham etc.

This is the first Elmore Leonard novel I ever read and at first I found the book a little hard to get into because it isn't immediately obvious what it is about but that is also much of it's charm. It is a narrative built plot, with the characters building the story bit by bit. I loved not knowing where it was going. I found this book highly original and I loved the humour and loved the characters. It kept me interested all the way through as i feverishly turned page after page after page. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LadyJaguar on 24 July 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The first Elmore Leonard book I've read, and it won't be the last. A slow start, but an engaging one, as Dennis, a daring high-diver, witnesses a murder from high up on his diving platform. From then on he meets colourful characters including Robert, the jive-talking gangster with his own agenda, and Loretta, the sultry wife of a nefarious local businessman.

Throw in drugs, historical war reinactments and the sub-plot involving the slave trade, and you have a colourful melting pot of goings-on which are bound to result in more bodies being scattered around. Are those blanks in those Remington rifles?

I cannot say whether this is classic Leonard, because I don't know enough about his work, but I'm looking forward to reading more!
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By T. Burkard VINE VOICE on 8 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
Despite a slow start, this book builds up to a pacey finish, and as usual, Leonard's dialogue and his feel for his characters is spot on. It's a damn good read, but it leaves a nasty taste. The main character is Robert Taylor, a black gangsta who grew up on the streets of Detroit selling drugs, went to Oakland University, and went back to become a drug baron. The plot is implausible: why would a man who controlled the drugs trade in major American cities give a damn about taking over a rural county in Mississippi? But leave that aside--such is the pace of Leonard's fiction that little problems like that hardly count.

Ostensibly, the main character is Dennis Lenahan, an exhibition diver. He is just a foil for Robert Taylor, whose wit and verve are supposed to win the reader's admiration, if not sympathy. But Taylor isn't just a drug dealer--he has a monstrous ego which can only be satisfied by manipulating fools and cretins. The climax of the book--where he gets his enemies to kill each other--is an old Elmore Leonard set piece. But in this case, it is particularly nasty because Taylor is just doing it because he can do it.

Past Elmore Leonard works have been distinctly realistic and, in a way, moral. His villians are always believable, and most of them are cretinous thugs whose stupidity is their downfall. His heroes may be flawed, but they always had an essential decency to them. This started changing with 'Get Shorty'-- Chili Palmer was a loan shark, and not altogether nice. But we could live with that, because he was so clever (unlike most of Leonard's previous heroes). My guess is that Leonard has lost his bearings because of the immense popularity of Chili Palmer, and his success in Hollywood.
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By Mr. N. Carnegie HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 15 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the first Elmore Leonard novel I ever read and at first I found the book a little hard to get into because it isn't immediately obvious what it is about but that is also much of it's charm. It is a narrative built plot, with the characters building the story bit by bit. I loved not knowing where it was going. I loved the humour and I loved the characters.

Elmore Leonard writes character driven stories where the good and bad guys are not always obvious, because they are human. Because they are real. He also doesn't spoon feed to you the plot or insult your intelligence with a need to explain every move or motive, unlike the likes of Dan Brown, John Grisham etc.

I found this book highly original and I loved every minute of it, which kept me turning page after page after page. Highly recommended!
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