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Glitz [Mass Market Paperback]

Elmore Leonard
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Sept. 12 2002

Psycho mama's boy Teddy Magyk has a serious jones for the Miami cop who put him away for raping a senior citizen -- but he wants to hit Vincent Mora where it really hurts before killing him. So when a beautiful Puerto Rican hooker takes a swan dive from an Atlantic City high-rise and Vincent naturally shows up to investigate the questionable death of his "special friend," Teddy figures he's got his prey just where he wants him. But the A.C. dazzle is blinding the Magic Man to a couple of very hard truths: Vincent Mora doesn't forgive and forget ... and he doesn't die easy.

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Vincent Mora just can't win. He's been shot, his girlfriend is about to be tossed off a balcony, and there's a vengeful creep looking to even a twisted score. Set against the tacky glitter of Atlantic City's billion-dollar casinos, Glitz has all the classic Leonard touches: quirky characters, colorful and cinematic scenes, and dialogue that's, well, to die for. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Elmore Leonard has written more than three dozen books during his highly successful writing career, including the national bestsellers Mr. Paradise, Pagan Babies, and Get Shorty. Many of his novels have been made into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Valdez Is Coming, and Rum Punch (as Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown). He has been named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and lives in Bloomfield Village, Michigan, with his wife.

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4.0 out of 5 stars As cool as they come. July 28 2000
'Glitz' is the work of a novelist who knows exactly what he's doing. The plotting is strong without ever seeming contrived; the characters, with the possible exception of Vincent Mora, who's a little too good to be believable, are all arrestingly real; and the backdrops -- Puerto Rico, Atlantic City, Miami -- are vivdly painted in. The plot here is a little knottier than in some of Leonard's later books, but is none the worse for that; his comedy, too, is more subtle. All crime fiction is really a guilty pleasure, but that doesn't mean there's not room within the genre for originality and craftsmanship. Leonard isn't Tolstoy, and doesn't have any illusions about his stature, but on his own turf he is a master, and worth ten novelists who've buried their heads in Derrida and Lacan. Like his protagonist, Leonard knows all the angles. You'll finish this novel with a broad smile on your face, and a desire to read all of Leonard's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Elmore Leonard's greatest crime novels March 10 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Elmore Leonard is definitely my favorite author. The way he cruises through the text and keeps you hooked along every word is a talent only he posesses. GLITZ is one of Mr. Leonard's greatest crime novels, an intriguing work that hooks you from the first sentence and holds on to you until the finale.
Seven years ago, Teddy Magyk (a.k.a. "Mr. Magic") was imprisoned after Vincent Mora brought him down for raping a senior citizen. Now Teddy's out, and he wants revenge. But there are some things he didn't count on. One, Vincent Mora isn't going to go down without a fight; and two, Vincent still has the mean look in his eyes...
Here, Mr. Leonard has written a movie-like crime thriller that will definitely not leave his many fans disappointed. I highly recommend you go out and buy "Glitz".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good starter novel. Nov. 4 1999
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I was interested in Leonard's work after seeing a couple of movies that had been adapted from his work. This was the first I read. He instantly became one of my favorite writers. Leonard's grasp of dialogue is perfect, and probably why he translates so easily into cinema. Take into account that the man is in his seventies and can write a believable conversation about the differences between Guns N'Roses and Metallica(Get Shorty) Also very interesting are the main characters of his novels. Always cool, a little imperfect, but they always come out on top. Fantastic writing. Elmore Leonard should not be classified as a genre writer, but appreciated for the classic nature of his writing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Way Too Much Hype about this guy Nov. 8 2000
When I bought this book, I believed I was going to read the cream of the crop of crime novels. It isn't. The main character lacks charisma big time. The villains lack charisma big time. Hell, not even the girl has much. The only really cool character is the ex-football player. And he's a secondary one.
Why do I even give two stars? Because, I must admit, I'm very afraid to give this guy less than that. He certainly did his homework and knows a lot of the cop slang and settings he describes. But that's a very common flaw, to put a lot of accurate information on a BORING plot.
For great crime fiction, do check on James Elroy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic crime fiction... Jan. 6 2000
Glitz is the book that turned me onto Elmore Leonard.
Leonard has a very creative and often humorous technique in dialogue, description and story: never long-winded, perfectly paced, and intriguing. He has found the perfect balance between the images of a clear picture and the dialogue of a good movie (!).
Glitz is no exception to this successful formula. Not one stereotypical character throughout, a body count with resolutions so the reader is not left unsettled.
I finished Glitz in one sitting and wished there was more!
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