Get Shorty Paperback – 1 Apr 1999
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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]. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In a novel filled with his signatures – nerve-shattering suspense, crackling dialogue, scathing wit, twisted plot, mad scams and daring surprises – Elmore Leonard proves once again why he sets the standard against which all other crime novels are measured.
'Get Shorty' follows the fortunes of Chili Palmer, a Miami loan shark with a talent for making a 'slow pay' come across. His pursuit of a mark who's behind in his payments takes him first to Las Vegas, then to Hollywood and horror-film producer Harry Zimm. It seems that Harry has gambled away $200,000 earmarked for his next production, and his investors, who run a limo-and-drugs service for the Hollywood crowd, will kill to know where their money is.
But in the land of make-believe Chili suddenly finds himself forming an uneasy partnership with Harry – in between evaluating screenplays, taking meetings with studio execs, and pitching a movie idea of his own. Who would have thought that successful hood would have the right job skills to make it big in Hollywood? Now all Chili has to do to reap the rewards is stay one step ahead of a trigger-happy investor who wants him removed from the scenario…permanently.
Now a major film starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo and Danny DeVito.
Joe Mantegna has starred on Broadway in 'Speed-The-Plow' and 'Glengarry Glen Ross', for which he won a Tony award. His film credits include 'Godfather III, Bugsy, Homicide' and ' Searching for Bobby Fischer'.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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This is the setup for a very original, very funny and cleverly plotted crime story. As usual with Elmore Leonard, the entire deal is very cool, with a lot of attitude. Very few authors can write dialogue like this - believabe and memorable throughout, with even the briefest sentence revealing a lot about a character and his or her world. While some writers are intent only on 'functionality of plot', stripping everything away until you have a 'product' that does an 'effiecient' job, Leonard is too good for that. Instead you get the work of a man who loves to write, and who never creates anything less than a memorable experience for the reader. This is not in any way to suggest that he isn't good at plotting a story - quite the opposite. Read any - and I mean any - of his books, and you'll encounter the work of a master who is completely at ease with his craft. This book is a perfect example.
Forget issues of whether Get Shorty is fast-paced or takes a while to get going - there are plenty of best-selling titles by worthless authors who can tick those boxes in their sleep. Elmore Leonard sets his own pace, telling a fascinating story with characters that are immediately more entertaining than in most other crime novels. Some people talk about Chandler-esque in regard to Leonard books. But for me what really sets him apart is the jazzy, cool prose, and his unique way with dialogue.Read more ›
While in Hollywood, Chili comes into contact with a host of interesting characters: Harry Zimm, a failing budget-movie-producer who wants Chili to come on board to help persuade A-list actor Michael Weir to star in a new project (Chili has his own burgeoning movie idea of course) that he thinks will be a big winner. Karen Flores - failed actress but still sexy and a premier league screamer, always a handy quality to have in budget horror flicks. Bo Catlett, drug-running gangster who, despite his wealth, is desperate for a piece of a movie - any piece - as long as his name is included in the credits at the end of the film. Catlett has absolutely no problem whatsoever with disposing of Chili Palmer if it enables him to get closer to Harry Zimm's side and realise his dream of seeing his name lit up in bright lights.Read more ›
This book is no different. It's slick, fast paced and the character dialogue is almost straight off the silver screen.
I've since gone on to read most of his books and I found Get Shorty to be one of his best. The only problem is if you've seen the film the main character, Chili Palmer comes across as the ageing and slightly fat John Travolta.
I highly recommend any of Elmore Leonard's books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not quite as gripping as i ahd anticipated. Some great scenes, but perhaps of it's time?Published 1 month ago by Peter Taylor-Gooby
I really enjoyed this. Sharp, witty, good character depictions, good story. I've been meaning to read this since Elmore Leonard passed away, and wasn't disappointed.Published 20 months ago by TD
It wasn't the actual book but a detailed critique of several books by the same author.Published 22 months ago by Isobel Hamid