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In the spirit of Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules for Writing, here are ten reasons why Elmore Leonard rules–a fact that has never been more obvious than in Djibouti, his 48th novel.10. The babes. The heroine of Djibouti would be one Dara Barr, who has touched down in Africa to make a documentary about the booming piracy business and maybe win herself another Oscar. Dara is as laconic and unflappable as any of Leonard’s finest heroes (see: Hombre, Swag, The Hot Kid), with a creative and curious streak that marks her as special. Throw in an underwear model named Helene looking to make a married man out of a billionaire who likes to play C.I.A. agent, and you’ve got a book in which the gents are waaaaaay overmatched. 9. The bad boys. Creative writing teachers who want to show their students how to draft an unforgettable antagonist ought to tear out chapter 18 and pass it around. That’s where Leonard tells us the story of James Russell, a clever Miami lowlife, who reinvents himself as Jamal Raisuli, al-Queda bomb-thrower… all in 7 pages of breezy, economical characterization. 8. The talk. Plenty has been written about Elmore Leonard’s mastery of dialogue, and I don’t need to rehash it. Why bother, when I could just quote some of it? An elderly terrorist, jailed in The States, gets talking with James Russell:
It is hard to believe Elmore Leonard wrote this extraordinarily bad novel. Absurd plot that it is hard to follow. Characters equally inane. Read morePublished 3 months ago by theos
Obviously not written by Elmore Leonard, or he put a very poor effort into this. From a disjointed plot, to bland and shallow characters, it's hard to believe Mr. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Wisdom Lover
Leonard seems out of his element and way out out of Miami and Detroit in this rather dark crime novel with no characters--good or bad--to fall for.Published 8 months ago by John Mariani
my favorite author. just didn't seem like his mode of writing. fun reading anywayPublished 8 months ago by will rogers
I love reading and love Elmore Leonard stories. This book was very confusing and I had to force myself to the finish.Published 11 months ago by Ckay