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Mr. Paradise

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Mr Paradise pays Chloe and Kelly to play cheerleaders. To dance while he watches reruns of Michigan's finest football games. At least that's the story that hired-help Montez Taylor tells cop Frank Delsa. Delsa's called in to investigate a double homicide: old man Paradise and a girl dressed as a cheerleader. He's got a witness a second cheerleader but she can't decide whether her name's Chloe or Kelly. Nobody it seems is playing it straight least of all the two trigger-happy hit men cruising Detroit's mean streets. But with a beautiful witness who might or might not want his protection, Delsa's ready to play for time Elmore Leonard is in top form with Mr Paradise which is set right back in his home town of Detroit, Motor City, scene of many of his greatest books.

Издательство: "Penguin Group" (2005)

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Leonard, Elmore

▪ American author
in full  Elmore John Leonard, Jr. 
born Oct. 11, 1925, New Orleans, La., U.S.

      American author of popular crime novels known for his use of local colour and his uncanny ear for realistic dialogue.

      Leonard served in the U.S. Naval Reserve (1943–46), then graduated with a bachelor of philosophy degree from the University of Detroit, Michigan, in 1950. While composing scripts for advertising and educational films, he began writing western novels and short stories. The 1957 films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T were based on his novelettes, and Leonard's novel Hombre (1961) was also adapted for film in 1967. He made a transition to the crime novel with the publication in 1969 of The Big Bounce.

      Having found his niche, Leonard produced a series of novels set primarily in Detroit and Florida. These usually featured working-class protagonists; dumb, larcenous ne'er-do-wells; piggish, sweaty villains; violent, out-of-control, sex-crazed brutes; and women in distress. Leonard's villains are particularly colourful, while his protagonists, whether policemen, civilians, or honest criminals, provide his stories' moral focus. Among his outstanding crime novels of the 1970s are Fifty-two Pickup (1974; filmed as The Ambassador, 1984, and 52 Pickup, 1986), Swag (1976; also published as Ryan's Rules), Unknown Man No. 89 (1977), and The Switch (1978). His novel Stick (1983; filmed 1985) became a best-seller. His subsequent novels include LaBrava (1983), Glitz (1985; filmed for television 1988), Bandits (1987), Freaky Deaky (1988), and Rum Punch (1992). Get Shorty (1990) and Out of Sight (1996) were both also made into films.

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