Mr. Paradise LP Paperback – Large Print, Jan 6 2004
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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))
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.