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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:
I really could never get overly interested in the slow-moving plot or the thin characters.
The first half is so boring that I wasn't sure I could even finish reading it, and I ALWAYS finish a book once I start.
In fact all the characters seem to be shallow stereotypes of Elmore Leonard characters if that makes any sense.
The dialogue is classic Leonard, accent, tone and character perfect.
He even criticizes his own title -which does not lend itSelf to word of mouth praise... Read more
Elmore Leonard was one of the greatest writers of our time. I will miss him dearly!Published 20 days ago by Dennis Richey
I was puzzled by this book. I have read at least a dozen of Elmore Leonard books and for the most part, have loved them. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jon Weiman
Standard Elmore Leonard thriller except very up to date, (when I read it), with things that were going on at that point in time.Published 1 month ago by Beach Reader
Not one of my favourite books by Mr leonard
Exciting fractured writing. Wasted my money
On this book. Two more words needed.
It's by Elmore Leonard so it's worth reading, but the dialogue in this one is very hard to follow; very hard to figure out who is speaking.Published 5 months ago by Will
What can I say? It's Dutch Leonard's last novel and it's quintessential Elmore. Crisp, taught dialogue. Flawed and imperfect characters that you care a great deal about. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dean Feldmeyer