Djibouti

Djibouti

by Elmore Leonard
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Overview

Djibouti by Elmore Leonard

“Elmore Leonard is in a class of one….The greatest crime writer who ever lived.”
—Dennis Lehane

 

“Elmore Leonard is our greatest crime novelist…the best in the business.”
 —Washington Post

 

44 novels and still going strong! The incomparable Elmore Leonard—“The reigning King Daddy of crime writers” (Seattle Times)—is back with Djibouti, a gripping, twisting, playful, and always surprising tale of modern-day piracy. Djibouti sparkles with the trademark Leonard style, wit, and crackling dialogue that have made novels like Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and The Hot Kid crime fiction classics. This time Elmore’s taking us to the Horn of Africa for an unforgettable confrontation with con men, crooked diplomats, documentary filmmakers, and pirates…and it’s going to be a wild ride!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062015341
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 224,019
File size: 432 KB

About 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.

Hometown:

Bloomfield Village, Michigan

Date of Birth:

October 11, 1925

Place of Birth:

New Orleans, Louisiana

Education:

B.Ph., University of Detroit, 1950

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Djibouti 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Following their award winning Katrina film, documenter Dara Barr and her top assistant septuagenarian Xavier LeBo travel to Djibouti on their next project; filming the pirates looting international vessels in the Indian Ocean off The Horn of Africa. Their greeting upon arrival at the city located on the southern point of the Red Sea is unfriendly as several foreigners claim CEO status over the piracy and want no films. They meet a horde of outcasts who belong in a movie like Casablanca. There is the diplomat partnering with a charming popular pirate; both demand a kickback or else. Terrorists like al-Qaeda in Miami Jama provide the filmmakers with a choice between cash and bombings. Finally they encounter eccentric Billy the Texan and his maybe fiancée Helene sailing the world, but he wants to see the pirates in action on the High Seas. All this occurs even before the pair sail on the Indian Ocean to film the piracy. This exciting trademark Elmore Leonard thriller takes time to gel, but once it does, Djibuti is the usual super skewering of everyone; especially know it all Westerners who reject being a major part of the cause while feeling outraged when the cash crop is piracy. Readers except the xenophobic who omit the latter part of Carl Schurz's famous full quote "my country right ." will appreciate Mr. Leonard's entertaining take no prisoners take on the Somalia pirates. Harriet Klausner
Robinhoe More than 1 year ago
Not exactly vintage Leonard, and takes a while to get the players straight, but once this book settles into its groove, you can't put it down! Very prescient in a lot of ways about how crime & terrorism intersect. Great language and characters. Loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an airplane book with class and well worth the investment. In fact I was so intrigued I finished it before I got on the plane. A departure from Leonard's usual milieu but he seems to do a good job capturing the atmosphere and taking his traditional types of characters to it. On an e-reader a little hard to follow (to flip back and figure out who is who), but it has nice twists and holds attention to the end.
tropicalwoman More than 1 year ago
Easy to read near the pool between dipping in the water or for that airplance ride. Easy to pick up where you left off and has a surprise ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was dissapointing. It took too long to get to the point.
StaciNJ More than 1 year ago
Really, this guy is great. He's 85 and still writes better than 95% of the writers out there a third his age. Leonard's books are odd in a way. People meander through them and things happen not because some master plan has been hatched, but because things just happen. Djibouti is about the Somali pirates, and reading it was an education in that mess. It's also about a woman filming a documentary and a terrorist. They all swirl together and things happen and it's interesting and exciting, but it's never epic in scale. It feels like real life playing out. I hope Leonard is still publishing at 100.
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