Be Cool

Be Cool

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A sequel to the highly successful "Get Shorty", "Be Cool" offers a second entertaining instalment in the career of Chili Palmer - originally a Miami loan-shark but now a big-shot in Hollywood. Chili gets interested in the music business, acting for a girl-singer with a lot of soul. Trouble is, everything that happens to him strikes him as being material for another great more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 24mm | 181.44g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0140281428
  • 9780140281422
  • 1,628,820

Review Text

In Get Shorty, Chili Palmer drifted into film production by accident, feeding the gangsterish events he became caught up in into a storyline he could sell. In Be Cool he's back, a producer with a three-picture contract to complete, looking for a new story. An ex-mob acquaintance, now an indie record producer, gets 'popped' as they have lunch together, and Chili decides to find out why. No longer the innocent, he's playing God now, setting up situations and manipulating people to see how it'll all turn out. Could there be a subtext here? The artist and his puppets? There's a host of startling characters, a plot that's a lot simpler than it looks, real tension and dialogue like broken glass - shiny and sharp. And there's enough background to set you up in indie music, if that's the way you want to earn a crust. Leonard and Chili ('Look at me!') Palmer are back in town. Who needs more? (Kirkus UK)show more

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Elmore Leonard has written 34 novels, most recently CUBA LIBRE. GET SHORTY was made into a highly successful fim by Quentin Tarantino. Elmore Leonard lives outside Detroit, more

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