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Nobody writes openings like Elmore Leonard. Case in point: "When Chili first came to Miami Beach twelve years ago they were having one of their off-and-on cold winters: thirty-four degrees the day he met Tommy Carlo for lunch at Vesuvio's on South Collins and had his leather jacket ripped off." You need to know about this because you need to know why there's bad blood between Chili Palmer and Ray Bones, the guy who stole his coat and is now his boss--and has ordered him to collect $4,200 from a dead guy. Except the guy didn't die; he went to Las Vegas with $300,000. So Chili goes to Las Vegas, one thing leads to another, and pretty soon he's in Los Angeles, hanging out with a movie producer named Harry Zimm and learning what it takes to be a player in Hollywood.
Get Shorty is classic Elmore Leonard: While other people write "crime fiction," Leonard's come up with a masterful social comedy that happens to be about criminals (and other fast operators). He's a master of snappy dialogue and dizzying plot twists. The best parts of Get Shorty move along so briskly you almost forget there's somebody with a firm control over the story. And you'll be rooting for Chili to get the money, the girl, and the studio deal. --Ron Hogan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An absolute master. -- The Detroit News
The greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever! -- The New York Times Book Review
Shorty’s an actor. Go figure. It’s all about the power and allure of Hollywood. You’ve got Chili, the Mafia guy looking for a way out. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Len
Let's get one thing straight - no one is cooler than Chili Palmer in fiction. Not everyone get's Elmore Leonard but when I read this book I think, how can you not? Read morePublished 20 months ago by Stogies
I agree with all the one star reviews that this book lacks everything. I've read quite a few E. Leonard books and enjoyed most of them. This was his worst so far.Published on April 11 2004
This musical novel doesn't have one sour note in it. This is Leonard's best with "Tishomingo Blues" following up behind and "Mr. Read morePublished on March 1 2004
Chili Palmer is a laconic tough guy who, caught up in the madcaps of the mob, becomes endearing because, unlike other mobsters, Chili has a certain humility and wisdom shining... Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004 by M. JEFFREY MCMAHON
Elmore Leonard may be America's foremost writer for fast-paced spellbinding dialogue and plots. With "Get Shorty" Leonard has produced a modern crime novel classic; a... Read morePublished on July 2 2003 by John Kwok
I actually read get shorty after seeing the movie. The movie I though was good but it isn't as good as the book. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2002 by Neel Aroon
I COULD WRITE THE SAME REVIEW OF ANY OF LEONARD'S BOOKS. THEY ARE WONDERFUL IN DIALOGUE AND RICH IN COLORFUL CHARACTERS. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2001 by Christine Englar-Dearing