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Freaky Deaky
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 15 July 2012
Highly enjoyable modern crime fiction from this prolific American author. Chris Mankowski is a cop in a mid-career crisis. He elects to swop the joys of the 'Bomb Squad' for a move into Vice despite a hilariously abortive job interview. The book gets away to a flier with a cracking first chapter.

From his first case, the move proves disastrous and the book recounts his attempts to simultaneously salvage his career whilst catching the baddies. The 'Freaky Deaky' is a wild dance but also relates to the 'freaks' a USA slang term for eccentrics or oddballs often politically motivated.

Another reviewer recommended I give Mr Leonard another try and I'm glad I did. This was a short easy read that sped by. Plenty of humour and often adult content. The plot has a couple of aspects that grate; for example, the minder Donnell missed his vocation as a sniffer dog! But in the end this added to a slightly tongue-in-cheek style. Liked this and I can now see why Mr Leonard has so many fans.
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I read this as a result of seeing Leonard's obit. and realising I knew nothing of him. It is typical American cop/detective writing, tightly organised and plotted with lovely set pieces and an unusual sense of irony. The characterisation is slick rather than rich, the dialogue sparkles and the whole thing is a great light read. I shall try a few more of his considerable output.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2005
This novel contains all that is brilliant about Elmore Leonard and features what has to be the greatest opening chapter ever written.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 August 2011
Fantastic book, if you've never read a Elmore Leonard novel - your missing out on such rich dialogue and interesting characters! THis guy isn't described as a legend for nothing.
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on 24 August 2013
The style is a little weird and sometimes I was not too sure what some of the characters were up to. The pace is great and the lack of padding. I loved that
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on 30 June 2013
Different to rum punch and get shorty, pace and style seem slower
But engaging and strong story. Takes a little more to get going
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on 16 March 2015
Love Elmore? You'll love this.
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on 5 February 2015
Very good
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6 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2002
Elmore leonard in this book is able to take a mixture of three different story lines and submerge them together into an excellent crime novel. this consists of throw backs, people who have more money than sense and together this book is wrote to be put on the silver screen and should be adapted but elmore's content shown for what it is excellent
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2012
Ordered what I thought was going to be a great holiday read, still waiting for it to arrive!! Not great service really. You can accept this as my unhappy face :(
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