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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Lrg edition (Jan. 13 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060589663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060589660
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 490 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,481,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The dialogue and the characters crackle ...MR. PARADISE is a perfect crime caper from a master.” (Detroit Free Press)

“Leonard returns to his Detroit roots for another unlikely romance amid the thorns of crime.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“It’s a blast.” (San Jose Mercury News)

“You will love this excellent book.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Brilliantly constructed, wise and tough, this book ...offers a master class in how to write a novel.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

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Roommates Kelly and Chloe are enjoying their lives and their downtown Detroit loft just fine. Kelly is a Victoria's Secret catalog model. Chloe is an escort, until she decides to ditch her varied clientele in favor of a steady gig as girlfriend to eighty-four-year-old retired lawyer Tony Paradiso, a.k.a. Mr. Paradise.

Evenings at Mr. Paradise's house, there's always an old Michigan football game on TV. And when Chloe's around, there's a cheerleader, too, complete with pleated skirt and blue-and-gold pompoms. One night Chloe convinces Kelly to join in the fun, along with Montez Taylor, Tony's smooth-talking right-hand man.

But things go awry and before the end of the evening there will be two corpses, two angry hit men, one switch of identity, a safe-deposit box full of loot up for grabs, and, fast on the scene, detective Frank Delsa, who now has a double homicide -- and a beautiful, willful witness -- to add to his already heavy caseload.

With a cool cast, snappy dialogue, and all the twists and turns fans crave, Mr. Paradise is Elmore Leonard at home in Detroit and sharper than ever.

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Late afternoon Chloe and Kelly were having cocktails at the Rattlesnake Club, the two seated on the far side of the dining room by themselves: Chloe talking, Kelly listening, Chloe trying to get Kelly to help her entertain Anthony Paradiso, an eighty-four-year-old guy who was paying her five thousand a week to be his girlfriend. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The epitome of cool Dec 31 2013
By Alan A. Elsner - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This novel, characterized by superb dialogue and deadpan humor, takes place in Detroit. An old man gets his kicks by hiring a call girl to dance for him dressed as a University of Michigan cheerleader. One night, she brings along her fashion model flatmate to dance with her. This happens to be the night that the old man's servant decides to hire two bumbling hitmen to off him - the old man having gone back on his promise to leave the servant his house after he has gone. But there is another mysterious bequest the servant thinks he can get his hands on.

The old man and the "cheerleader" die but the fashion model fortunately survives and is thrown into the care of the police detective investigating the case. He is the epitome of cool -- and the two have an immediate attraction.

This book slips down like a well-mixed, very cold cocktail. The characters are great - even the nitwits. The plot is beautifully constructed and the cadences of the writing are mesmerizing. Nobody did it better than Leonard - nor made it look so easy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fun and a little silly Feb. 18 2012
By David I. Williams - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Anthony Paradiso, also known as "Mr. Paradise," is a retired lawyer with a young girlfriend. His girlfriend, Chloe, arranges an evenings entertainment with her roommate Kelly, a fashion model. They play cheerleaders while he watches University of Michigan football on TV. The evening ends in murder. Mr. Paradise and Chloe are murdered by hit men hired by Montez, Mr. Paradise's assistant. Kelly sees it all.

The police know what happened, but how to prove it. This story has all the elements of a great crime story. You have crooked lawyers, contract killers, gang bangers, beautiful women, and no nonsense cops. The one thing the cops have going for them is the sheer stupidity of the criminals involved. As these less than brilliant criminals come up with ever more complex schemes, it all begins to fall apart.

Written with the sparse, straight-forward prose that Leonard is known for it is a lot of fun.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Dug it to a degree... Sept. 20 2013
By Elaine G - Published on
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Entertaining but lacking the depth we've come to expect of Leonard...sort of like hearing canned laughter instead of still laugh along but without the ache in your stomach.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Greggorio! - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is one deep, realistic and gritty look at life in a busy, city homicide division with multiple cases under investigation. Out of the blue comes a double homicide. Experienced cops will know that nothing is what it seems, especially when it takes the form of words emanating from the mouths of persons found at the crime scene.

This book is Good, with a capital G. Like all classic novels, it's plot has several layers of depth that only become apparent as you progress through the story. The characters, too, are multi-faceted, and the roles that they play change proportionally. Motives for murder appear, and disappear and then reappear again as you pass significant points in the story.

Cheers go to Mr Leonard for his up to date, accurate writing style. The novel reads and feels like you are watching classic cop show television, but with the added depth and realism to the story telling that only books can provide. Speed readers will find their focus points flowing smoothly across the pages quicker than they want them to, but it will be to their detriment if they don't slow down to metaphorically smell the roses found in each chapter. This is an Elmore Leonard book, after all.

The man is a genius. This book is compelling. It is funny, in a street-smart, relevant and respectful kind of way. The plot is a classic whodunit set in the violent urban playground of modern-day America. It is great fun to read. You simply MUST buy this book. It is awesome.

BFN, Greggorio!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Mr Leonard will be sorely missed. Feb. 11 2014
By Apricot - Published on
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I've been going back and getting all of Mr Leonard's books I missed. This novel was a pleasure to read. Has all the Leonard characteristics I've come to enjoy.