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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:
Stupid meaningless dialogue, cardboard characters,outlandish plot.
I could see it working in a movie (which is maybe where this is headed) but in a novel it adds nothing and makes the story harder to follow.
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.
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 4 days ago by John Mariani
my favorite author. just didn't seem like his mode of writing. fun reading anywayPublished 22 days 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 3 months ago by Frank
Elmore Leonard usually writes great novels with some really far out characters - this one is the exception. Barely entertaining and not really worth reading. Read morePublished 5 months ago by D. Donovan
This may be my favorite of all Elmore Leonard's books! Very interesting characters. Fascinating look into a documentary film maker's view.Published 5 months ago by likesitotwork
This was interesting but not a novel I had to stay up late to readPublished 5 months ago by L. McCormick
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