Pagan Babies

Pagan Babies

by Elmore Leonard
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Pagan Babies by Elmore Leonard

Pagan Babies is classic crime fiction from the master of suspense, New York Times bestselling author Elmore Leonard. 

Father Terry Dunn thought he'd seen everything on the mean streets of Detroit, but that was before he went on a little retreat to Rwanda to evade a tax-fraud indictment. Now the whiskey-drinking, Nine Inch Nails T-shirt-wearing padre is back trying to hustle up a score to help the little orphans of Rwanda.

But the fund-raising gets complicated when a former tattletale cohort pops up on Terry's tail. And then there's the lovely Debbie Dewey. A freshly sprung ex-con turned stand-up comic, Debbie needs some fast cash, too, to settle an old score. Now they're in together for a bigger payoff than either could finagle alone. After all, it makes sense...unless Father Terry is working a con of his own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061834226
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 196,772
File size: 651 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.


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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Pagan Babies 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting as I read through the pages of moral abuse. One will begin to think this is horrible as he reads on because the story does such a good job of setting up the main character then explaining the twist. I recommend this book for someone who wishes to read a book from a prospective not many have thought about. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first by this author , in my long list of recently read books , and I did not care for it. I thought it would be interesting but found it to be both slow moving , boring , and a real job to finish. Normally I would have looked forward to enjoying a new author. Better luck next time !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one is I believe true Elmore Leonard form. Most impotantly it has a terrific caste of extremely interesting characters. The beginning gives you a good shock and the middle keeps you enthralled, but the ending lets you down just a bit. I enjoyed the book very much, but the usual Elmore Leonard pizazz wasn't there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book in two days, so right there it had some characteristics of a bonafied page turner, but having read several other Leonard novels, the book didn't seem to be up to its potential. The characters are classic Leonard, and their bizarre backgrounds help make the story playful. Leonard's dialogue is as crisp as ever, street smart, and to the point. Most of all I enjoyed the bizarre characters: an ex-con aspiring to be a stand up comedian, and a booze hound priest taking confessions in the wake of a massacre in Africa. A good book, but definitely not Elmore Leonard's best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have been a big Leonard fan for years, but was not really impressed with his latest venture. I struggled to finish it. Enough said. To each his own, read it and reach your own decision.
Guest More than 1 year ago
finally, Leonard pumps out a new book!! I can't say enough good things about this book, so i'll keep it short. I love this book, if you like Elmore Leonard, buy it!! that's it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Elmore Leonard¿s newest novel, PAGAN BABIES, we have Father Terry Dunn who is a Catholic priest in the African country of Rwanda. Five years before, he was witness to a horrible massacre in his church. Men, women and children of the Tutsis tribe were shot with guns and hacked to death with machetes by members of the Hutu tribe. All Father Dunn could do was watch as his congregation was murdered before his eyes. Now, one of the participants in the massacre has informed the good Father that the Hutus will be coming back to kill again, and that Father Dunn, being a tall man, may very well end up with his feet chopped off. This isn¿t a warning. The guy is bragging about what he intends to do. A few days later, Father Dunn enters a local bar where the Hutu killer and his friends are. He sits down and politely asks the group of men if they would be willing to turn themselves in to the local police, as well as seek redemption from God for the murders they committed. They laugh in his face, and then he calmly shoots all four men. That¿s when the reader knows that Father Dunn is no ordinary priest. He quickly returns to Detroit where he meets ex-con, Debbie Dewey, who is trying to start a career as a stand-up comedian (only in a Leonard novel). They¿re both instantly attracted to each other, realizing that they also have a great deal in common. It isn¿t long before they decide to work a scam on Debbie¿s ex-husband, who now owns a 4-star restaurant and is in cahoots with the local Mafia. Does that scare Debbie and Father Dunn. Hell, no! If they can¿t get the money out of the ex-hubby, then they¿ll try to pull one over on the head honcho for the mob. PAGAN BABIES is a pure delight to read. As usual, all of Leonard¿s characters are quirky in nature and funny in their own way. Even when someone is being beaten up or shot, the dialogue between the characters will usually have you laughing out loud. Mr. Leonard has a unique talent in being able to make his characters come alive with just a few short sentences. You feel as though you¿ve known these people all of your life. His ear for dialogue surpasses every other writer working today, except for maybe Stephen King and Robert Parker, conveying total believability in the characters. Mr. Leonard is also the only writer I know of who is able to interject doses of humor into the most dangerous situations, making it seem perfectly natural. Here¿s a good example of what I mean. There¿s a scene in PAGAN BABIES where a contract killer has come to kill Father Dunn. The good Father knows that the man is there to kill him, but does he seem worried? No. He stays calm and is able to quickly turn the situation around by showing pictures of starving children in Africa to the killer and guess what, he even receives a $5,000.00 donation for the church fund before the killer leaves. Only Elmore Leonard could pull off a scene like that and make it utterly believable. Buy the book, then think of George Clooney playing the role of Father Terry Dunn in the movie version of PAGAN BABIES, and you¿ll have four-or-five hours of absolute entertainment in your hand.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Father Terry Dunn knows it is time to leave the Rwanda massacre. His church contains forty-seven corpses turning to ¿leather¿. Although Terry is hiding as a priest, he cannot take any more of the killing fields. He kills several of the culprits but flees home to Detroit. He originally fled to avoid jail time.

Debbie Dewey has just left prison after three years for trying to run her former husband over with a car. Debbie wants to become a stand-up comic until she meets Terry still masquerading as a priest. They are immediately attracted to one another and he brings her into his current con, bilking wealthy patrons in a save the Rwandan children cause which is another name for his wallet. She ups the ante by persuading him that her ex and the mob boss he is tied to is the perfect pigeon.

PAGAN BABIES is more than vintage Leonard. This novel is classic Leonard wildly destroying moral barriers. The story line is entertaining, never eases up, and contains Mr. Leonard¿s graphic but picturesque prose that shows he is quite a talent. The characters are typical of Mr. Leonard¿s novel as they run the full spectrum of sleaze, in other words likable to detestable parasites. This tale is superb reading for those fans that enjoy something different along the lines of a fabulously written crime drama heavily spiced with the absurd.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still one of the best at what he does.
reader1ny More than 1 year ago
Typical Elmore Leonard, in that here is an author that ALWAYS gives you a good, witty, enjoyable read. Love him!