While Leonard isn't my cup of tea, this is an entertaining novel read by Robert Forster, who's delivery adds a lot to the audioplay. Especially enjoyable if you are familiar with SE Michigan geography.
Vintage Elmore Leonard. I prefer his books in audio form. Like Arliss Howard, who has read, wonderfully I must add,other Leonard books, Robert Forster's voice adds its own unique touch to the narrative. The plot has it's twists and turns and changing allegiances,all done well for this genre. It's an easy and enjoyable audiobook to listen to. Like other reviewers, I'll give it 3 stars. The audio book runs 8 hours over 6 compact discs.
While I was hoping this book would include more humor than it did, it was still a very good read. This book isn't the typical "whodunit," as the reader knows early on who committed the murders, but what draws you in is the actual storyline, the why it was done, the characters, the interactions, and the way the crime is solved. This was my first Elmore Leonard book and I'd read another without hesitation.
If listening to the audio CD, Robert Forster is perfection and I love listening to him, as he defines each character with their own voice and adds just enough inflection to make it real.
Octagenarian Mr. Paradiso likes his call girls dress as semi-nude cheerleaders and do cheers for him. When his usual girl brings a friend there's an identity mix up and Mr. Paradise is killed along with the wrong gir. Enter detective Frank Delsa to untangle the identities and the murders. Elmore Leonard is the best crime fiction writer working today and he's at the top of his game with Mr. Paradise.
Another book from Leonard filled with interesting ane bizaar characters. His grasp of the idiom and nuances of speech continue to make his books entertaining and the storyline has twists and turns and surprizes, as his books always do. A really enjoyable read.
You know, this isn't really my style of book. I couldn't quite tell if I loved or hated the narrator's voice and the back and forth conversations (some that I think didn't add a gosh darn thing to the story line) made it hard to listen to in audiobook. Those probably wouldn't have been smoother to read in book form
However, it wasn't bad, it was enjoyable and not too long to drag out the inevitable. A few twists and turns and pleasant surprises that make you sort of smile to yourself.