Get Shorty

Get Shorty

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"A Hollywood hit....Taut, inimitable prose and characters who could have only sprung from the mind of Elmore Leonard."
--Detroit News

The Chicago Tribune has dubbed Elmore Leonard, "the coolest, hottest writer in America." In the same league as the legendary great ones--John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain--the "King Daddy of crime writers" (Seattle Times) demonstrates his remarkable mastery with Get Shorty, one of the most adored of his forty-plus novels. The basis of the hit movie starring John Travolta and Danny DeVito, Get Shorty chronicles the over-the-top, sometimes violent Hollywood misadventures of a Florida mob loan shark who chases a deadbeat client all the way to Tinseltown and decides to stick around and make movies. Get Shorty's shylock protagonist, Chili Palmer, is a truly inspired creation--as memorable as another unforgettable Leonard hero, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens of the hit TV series Justified--and readers will relish his moves and countermoves in this electrifying, funny, bullet train-paced winner from "the greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever!" (New York Times Book Review)
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Product details

  • Paperback | 291 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 226.8g
  • William Morrow & Company
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062120255
  • 9780062120250
  • 488,120

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"The greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever!"--The New York Times Book Review
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Back cover copy

Mob-connected loan shark Chili Palmer is sick of the Miami grind--plus his "friends" have a bad habit of dying there. So when he chases a deadbeat client out to Hollywood, Chili figures he might like to stay. This town, with its dream-makers, glitter, hucksters, and liars--plus gorgeous, partially clad would-be starlets everywhere you look--seems ideal for an enterprising criminal with a taste for the cinematic. Besides, Chili's got an idea for a killer movie, though it could very possibly kill him to get it made.
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Review Text

"The greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever!" The New York Times Book Review
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17,020 ratings
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5 29% (4,886)
4 44% (7,445)
3 23% (3,860)
2 4% (664)
1 1% (165)
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