This improbable story of a Miami two-bit hood who becomes a movie producer is full of sharp characters, snappy action, and witty dialog. As usual, Elmore Leonard works in the fringes of society where small-time hoods and citizens trying to scrape by rationalize the legal and moral implications of the choices they make to get what they want. This book is particularly amusing for its send-ups of Hollywood and the false machismo of Latin drug hustlers. Here's the premise: loan shark Chili Palmer comes to L.A. to collect some debts. After visiting film director Harry Zimm, he doesn't break his legs but becomes his partner instead. They team up to produce a risky movie and Chili starts to make one of his own on the side. Soon, Harry's sleazy investors come into the picture and want Chili rubbed out. Chili's rival Ray Bones visits town, also with the intent on giving the slick hit man trouble. Meanwhile, Chili becomes friends with a big shot movie star and falls in love with Harry's leading lady. A fortune of cash is at stake while GET SHORTY evolves from one plot twist to the next. If you love movies or complex thrillers with gritty dialogue and human characters, pick up a copy of this fresh and enjoyable caper. I also recently enjoyed the novels HAM ON RYE by Bukowski, and the latest book by McCrae, his KATZENJAMMER. Though not a bit like GET SHORTY, they were, nonetheless, great stuff.