Mr. Paradise

Mr. Paradise

by Elmore Leonard


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“Sharp as an ice pick….You will love this excellent book.”
New York Times Book Review

Elmore Leonard is the undisputed master, the “King Daddy of crime writers” (Seattle Times), in the august company of the all-time greats of mystery/noir/crime fiction genre: John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, et al. The creator of such unforgettable classics as Stick, Out of Sight, and Get Shorty—not to mention the character of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, lately of TV’s hit series Justified—Leonard is in fine form with Mr. Paradise. A riveting Detroit-based thriller enlivened by Leonard’s trademark razor-sharp dialogue, Mr. Paradise follows a smart Victoria’s Secret model’s attempt to score big after surviving a double murder in a millionaire’s mansion…with a lonely cop acting as spoiler.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062119056
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/18/2011
Pages: 366
Sales rank: 547,131
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Elmore Leonard has written more than forty books during his highly successful writing career, and many of his novels have been made into movies. Leonard is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Bloomfield Village, Michigan.


Bloomfield Village, Michigan

Date of Birth:

October 11, 1925

Place of Birth:

New Orleans, Louisiana


B.Ph., University of Detroit, 1950

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Mr. Paradise 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
yosarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elmore Leonard has been called the 'Dickens of Detroit' because of the way he portrays his characters from that area. On wikipedia there is a quote from Martin Amis claiming that he once told Elmore Leonard his prose "made Raymond Chandler look clumsy". I might not quite agree wholeheartedly with that but Leonard does have an ear for gritty dialogue that Chandler would certainly appreciate.In this story, again set in Detroit, we have Mr Paradiso, a very wealthy retired no-nonsense lawyer, murdered in his own home watching an American football game with two call girls acting as cheerleaders. One of the cheerleaders is shot dead along with Mr Paradiso but is the other one who they claim to be and which witness is telling the truth as to what happened? Frank Delsa is the detective in charge of the investigation trying to get to the truth and also trying to get the girl ... but is she helping him or herself? In this fast paced and tense novel (all of the action happens in less than one week) no-one is quite what they seem to be!As with other Elmore Leonard books I have read the emphasis is less on the 'whodunnit' aspect of the investigation and more with the style with which the detective sorts through the clues and lies. This is not a detective story where we watch the hero piece together the story from obscure and seemingly irrelevant clues but a full blooded charge into a very believable look at a world on the wrong side of the tracks with dismembered gang members, guns for hire and lawyers using the system for their own gains. Leonard skilfully guides us around this seedy underbelly with sharp 'gunfire' prose, sharp action and style so sharp you could shave with it. His advice to young writers has always been to try and cut out the parts you think that readers will skip and in this story he's certainly heeded his own advice. if you have not yet read an Elmore Leonard novel I would certainly recommend this book as a starting point and if you have read Elmore Leonard before ... well I'm sure you won't need a recommendation from me to pick this up.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this one out 'cause my gradfather loved Elmore Leonard. I can *sort* of see why, though this was rather violent and full of strong language - I wouldn't think my grandfather would stand for it!Lieutenant Frank Delsa is smart and tough, and I really enjoyed his character. The writing is a fast patter, much like the way many of the characters speak, and this plays like a comedy of errors involving dumb and violent criminals.Feels a bit old-school-tough-guy - Recommended!
TTAISI-Editor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Funny, but not one of Leonard's best.
mmtz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kelly Barr agrees to help her roommate play Michigan cheerleader for her 84 year-old boyfriend, Tony Paradiso, but a couple of killers spoil the party. Detective Frank Delsa isn¿t sure what Kelly is up tp, but he likes her style. Another smooth tale from the master, Elmore Leonard. You can¿t go wrong with any of his books.Published in mass-market paperback by HarperCollins.
nikon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a fairly quick read, with loads of dialogue that in themselves help describe the characters and oh yeah there's a fine array of characters all of whom are introduced are a good rate and each and everyone of them somehow or other manage to fit in and out of this odd and reasonably well woven story.
Gary10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast moving with great dialogue and memorable characters--vintage Elmore L.
grheault on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in Detroit. Police investigate murder of old man and mistaken murder of his girlfriendIts a police whodunit with witnesses telling vastly different stories, but without much action at least to midpoint. I was not interested enough in the characters to care whodunit and DNF. Elmore Leonard wikis up as an incredibly interesting guy, hails from Detroit, and is known for Westerns, very natural dialog, and books that convert well into movies
Greatrakes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic piece of Leonard crime writing. Spare dialogue, shot through with wit and with a cast of America's Dumbest Criminals.Mr Paradise is the murdered man with the cash, one 'cheerleader' is dead, and one alive but pretending to be the dead one, and everyone has an angle. Frank Delsa is the cop who goes around being cool whilst everyone else falls apart. Leonard sets all the people in motion, with an imperceptible nudge, and they run around an intricate course like clockwork actors, the man is a genius.
PointedPundit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An Entertaining NovelWhat do these reviewers expect? This is the story.A high-end former Detroit call girl, asks her lingerie model roommate to help her entertain a wealthy octogenarian trial lawyer. By entertain, read she dons a cheerleader's skimpy skirt, but goes topless, while performing pom-pom routines beside a TV set while the lawyer watches videotaped University of Michigan football games. The plot, to say the least, is imaginative. The characters are unique and unforgettable. The dialogue is snappy and realistic. The story moves and is entertaining.What did these reviewers expect ¿ a Detroit-based Hamlet? Elmore Leonard is a gifted novelist and Mr. Paradise will add to his reputation as a skilled character crafter.
amberwitch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fastpaced story with more emphasis on character than suspense.Chloe, the professional mistress of Mr. Paradise, convinces her roommate Kelly to come along to do cheerleading routines for Mr. Paradises entertainment. While Kelly is elsewhere Mr. Paradise and Chloe is shot, and Kelly is pressured into impersonating Chloe in order to procure something valuable Mr. Paradise left to her.
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bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
CD/unabridged/fiction: This is my second Elmore Leonard audio. I was reading Airtight [[ASIN:1612185665 Airtight]] at the same time, which was ironic because they're both involve double-cross. It's an interesting plot that involves a double murder and stupid criminals. I was wondering where the story was going at first and it quickly becomes a murder. I was surprised that the audio was unabridged as it is only six discs long. The narration is done well even though I had to rewind a few times because Robert Forster can narrate too quickly at times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like Elmore Leonard and I liked this, but it was far from my favorite by this author. J.R. Locke, Author of Possible Twenty, a Gangster Tale, & Down and Out in Manhattan
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Mr. Paradise was a cool book if you are looking for an easy read. This is the second book I have read from this author and they were both very simple and easy to predict, but with a touch of suspense. Great for people who are not die hard thriller fans.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent, I normally don't like mysteries and murder crimes, but this was right up my ally!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Academy Award nominee Robert Forster is just the man to deliver the snappy phrasing and cool dialogue that has won Elmore Leonard legions of fans. While this is an 8 hour Unabridged version it's over far too soon leaving listeners thoroughly entertained yet eager for more. With 'Mr. Paradise' Leonard returns to Detroit and environs. Anthony Paradiso (Mr. Paradise) is an 80+ retired lawyer who gets his jollies from watching reruns of old University of Michigan football games. But, what's a Wolverine game without cheerleaders? For $5,000 a month Paradiso hires escort Chloe Robinette to provide the sis-boom-bahs as only she can. All is well until the evening Chloe invites her friend, Kelly Barr (who is equally lithe and lovely) to join the fun. Before half time two hit men have broken in and done in Paradiso and Chloe. Kelly assumes Chloe's identity to gain access to the late lawyer's safety deposit box. Enter Frank Delsa, determined Detroit homicide detective. He falls for Kelly and she falls for him........or, would she rather have the contents of the safety deposit box? If you know Leonard you can guess how this ends, but what a treat it is getting there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not exciting. The writing needs improvement. It appears more like an attempt to write another book just for the sake of writing another book. The story was hard to follow as well as the tone and language used by the characters. Everything had a poor description. I was not able to visualize any of the characters or the scenes. Several chapters had one character doing one thing where in the next chapter the character is already doing something else 3 hours later.