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Get Shorty

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by Elmore Leonard
 

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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

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061807381
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
102,045
File size:
671 KB

Meet the Author

Elmore Leonard wrote more than forty books during his long career, including the bestsellers Raylan, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool, Get Shorty, and Rum Punch, as well as the acclaimed collection When the Women Come Out to Dance, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. The short story "Fire in the Hole," and three books, including Raylan, were the basis for the FX hit show Justified. Leonard received the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He died in 2013.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Bloomfield Village, Michigan
Date of Birth:
October 11, 1925
Place of Birth:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Education:
B.Ph., University of Detroit, 1950
Website:
http://www.elmoreleonard.com/

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Get Shorty 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
GPenwick More than 1 year ago
Elmore Leonard is one of the best. And Get Shorty is one of his better books. What makes his books so real is that his characters are unpredictable. Good guys aren't all that good and bad guys will sometimes surprise you too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That so sad!!! You should make some more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I forced myself to keep going, but only made it half way through
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent dialogue
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Elmore Leonard book that I've read so far. Great characters, plots and sub-plots, simply classic Leonard, the king of crime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The publisher deleted the book past page 219. Nothing past Chapter 28. What a bunch of junk!!
iblog2 More than 1 year ago
He was such a good writer. You can SEE the characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elmore Leonard peoples his fictional landscapes with characters as richly varied and eccentric as his own literary moniker. Chili Palmer is equaly loveable and despicable and somehow always manages to be truthfull as he pursues the GoldenCalf in Hollywood sometimes even managing to lift the curtain to reveal the thin line between business and crime. J.R. Locke Author of Possible Twenty, a Gangster Tale & Down and Out in Manhattan
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Michael Farabella More than 1 year ago
Aweome storyline and extremely inventive. Leonard is truly the master of american fiction. Be Cool, the followup to this book, although not as good as Get shorty is still a nice way to kill a couple of afternoons.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Get Shorty was the first Elmore Leonard I've ever read, and I have to say he has me hooked on his work. After reading this I went out and got Be Cool, Rum Punch, Out Of Sight, Riding The Rap And Killshot and I couldn't wait to read the next one. Elmore Leonard's Stories are sharp, in plot and Character. If you enjoy a awsome, cool and somtimes funny crime story you have found the king. Great Read Get Shorty Is A Great Place To Start On Elmore Leonard!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having seen the movie a while back I decided to read the book as an introduction to Leonard. The plot invloves a shylock pursuing a delinquent borrower, and ending up in Los Angeles trying to break into the movie business. It's a great way to poke fun at Hollywood types, from actors to agents to studios to other wanna-be players. Leonard has a flair for characters and realistic dialogue, and the plot works too. There are lots of funny moments and the book will keep you interested. I am looking forward to reading more of Leonard's work, including the sequel to Get Shorty, Be Cool (which I hope is better than the tepid movie).