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Freaky Deaky Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2002

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060089555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060089559
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,191,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An explosive thriller from the 'greatest living writer of crime fiction' [NEW YORK TIMES]. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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. www.elmoreleonard.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Well, here's another book that it's taken me so long to getting around to reviewing, that they've had time to change the cover art since I bought it!
I'm a huge fan of Elmore Leonard and have been since I read "Maximum Bob", many moons ago now. "Freaky Deaky" is another "Detroit tale" of word-weary police officers and colourful low-lifes. But that hardly begins to do it justice. The storytelling is so crisp and descriptions are so stripped back, yet you find yourself hooked, filling in the details for yourself in your imagination. Totally immersive.
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When I am encouraging someone to get into Elmore Leonard, as they should because he is, or sadly was, the greatest of all crime writers, I do this. I lend them Freaky Deaky. I tell them to read the first chapter. If they don't like it or they just think its okay, then they return the book and I tell them never to bother with Leonard again. But if they do like it or love it, then I tell them they now have the entire Leonard catalogue to read and savour. I love them all but Freaky Deaky is my favourite and the first chapter tells you absolutely everything you need to know about him. Great set up, brilliant and funny dialogue, stonking ending. Elmore Leonard in a nutshell.
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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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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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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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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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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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