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Killshot Paperback – 30 Mar 2000

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (30 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140111107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140111101
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 1.9 x 18.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,429,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The King of Cool returns with another thrilling tale of crime capers. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

About the Author

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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Leonard's writing is so immediate, his prose so clean and snappy, he grabs your attention from the first page and doesn't let go until the last. I loved this book in particular with the contrast between the two main characters - one the typically cool assassin, the other a typically dumb redneck criminal. It was great. Probably the greatest compliment I could pay to Mr. Leonard, and the greatest recommendation I can give, is that he cured my fear of flying. I had to take flights every few weeks last year and each time I'd just open up an Elmore Leonard novel and I'd become so engrossed in the story that (no kidding!) I would actually forget my fear as the plane took off and carried me up into the sky. It takes great writing to have that kind of an effect... BUY THIS BOOK and every other ELMORE LEONARD novel you can find!
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One of Elmore Leonard's most compelling and accomplished novels. Elmore adds a scarily well achieved dimension of credibility and empathy to vivid three dimensional characters (bad guys included, of course), driving a beautifully crafted plot. Read it in a single session.
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Elmore Leonard is a great writer, and this is a great story. The contrast between the Blackbird and the ex-con Richie Nix is very obvious and appealing, and the climax near the end of the story between Carmen and the Blackbird is something I'll probably never be able to forget.
A top book
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Killshot is a masterfully told tale of a botched heist and a subsequent obsession with clearing up the mess that leads to disaster. Wonderfully written, Leonard's complex characters come to life from the word go.
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A far beyond average crime thriller. After I’d gone through a straight run of reading fairly ordinary writers in this genre – George Pelecanos, John Sandford, James Connolly, Ian Rankin – it was refreshing to get back to a master. It is a story of an apparently normal couple who, in the absence of decent protection from the authorities, have to defend themselves against two criminals bent on killing them. The good characters are individual and flawed, and the baddies aren’t straightforwardly evil - there’s reason to be sympathetic to even the worst. It is funny and satirical, fast paced and always fun to read – Leonard’s situations, characters, and dialogue are characteristically playful and entertaining. There are some preposterous elements – a serial killer known for his inconspicuousness who drives a blue Cadillac around town, a couple who put themselves in danger for no apparent reason, serial killers free to roam and enter their target’s house which is unsecured by the police. Leonard doesn’t seem to be very much troubled by these things – the story is the backdrop to his characters, and the entertainment - and it’s a fun ride.
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Few come close to Elmore Leonard in any genre but nobody comes even close in crime. I've read approaching thirty of his books and the top five shifts continually however, along with Swag and City Primeval this book is a near-constant. Humane, funny, thrilling, scary. It's got everything trapped in a small story with a brilliant cast list. If you haven't read it yet I envy you.
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...okay, so elmore leonard is one of my favourite writers and maybe i'm biased, but I thought Killshot was brilliant. three-dimensional characters, sharp dialogue, brilliant pacing; it's all there.
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Once again, Leonard shows why he is the master, nobody can bring to life the criminal underclass like Elmore Leonard.
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