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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062120255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062120250
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever!” (The New York Times Book Review)

“An absolute master.” (The Detroit News)

From the Back Cover

Mob-connected loan shark Chili Palmer is sick of the Miami grind—plus his “friends” have a bad habit of dying there. So when he chases a deadbeat client out to Hollywood, Chili figures he might like to stay. This town, with its dream-makers, glitter, hucksters, and liars—plus gorgeous, partially clad would-be starlets everywhere you look—seems ideal for an enterprising criminal with a taste for the cinematic. Besides, Chili’s got an idea for a killer movie, though it could very possibly kill him to get it made.


More About the Author

Elmore Leonard wrote forty-five novels and nearly as many western and crime short stories across his highly successful career that spanned more than six decades. Some of his bestsellers include Road Dogs, Up in Honey's Room, The Hot Kid, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories Fire in the Hole. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Rum Punch, which became Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown. Justified, the hit series from FX, is based on Leonard's character Raylan Givens, who appears in Riding the Rap, Pronto, Raylan and the short story "Fire in the Hole". He was a recipient of the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA, and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He was known to many as the 'Dickens of Detroit' and was a long-time resident of the Detroit area.

Customer Reviews

Great dialog, plot, and characters.
Clark E. Chapin
I read about 20% of the book and simply lost interest in the whole thing.
Gulliver
Get Shorty is considered to be one of Elmore Leonard's great novels.
David I. Williams

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette Harris on October 23, 2012
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Everyone seen the movie "Get Shorty, have you read the book? if you haven't you missing something that's a lot of fun. Every book is better than the movie, believe it or not, and this book is no exception. The book has a lot of filled in background information about Shorty and his what he's like that we never get in the movie. Sure the movie looks great and Chili is wonderful but the book Chili is even better. I highly recommend this book! Order it or get it and read it it's very quick read but it's loads of fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Stephen Howard on January 2, 2014
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This book blurs the line between fiction and reality. Guiding us through this hazy landscape is none other than Chili Palmer--a mob guy gone Hollywood.

The author does a tremendous job of allowing the characters to speak. He puts us into the bizarre intersecting worlds of the mafia and filmmaking. The reason it works is because Chili is so convincingly drawn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Shaeffer on November 17, 2013
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Our Book Club chose this book or I never would have read it, not being very interested in stuff about the mafia. However, I must say I really enjoyed it. It has a lot of twists and turns that are more about Hollywood than the Mafia. Chili Palmer is an endearing character however I still picture him as Danny DeVito who I knew was in the film version. Seeing the film after reading book, I was in for a bit of a surprise!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clark E. Chapin on October 28, 2013
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Classic Elmore Leonard. Great dialog, plot, and characters. I could easily envision Travolta, Russo, and Hackman in their movie roles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emeritus on October 8, 2013
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A terrific read but Elmore Leonard is most always a terrific read. Although written a while ago, I suspect not much has changed and suspect other books, TV shows and movies build on the narcissism and black humor that Leonard used.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David I. Williams on February 18, 2012
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Get Shorty is considered to be one of Elmore Leonard's great novels. Like all Leonard stories I have encountered it is a wonderful experience to read. The story is amusing. A man who runs a dry cleaning business owes money to a loan shark. He misses a plane, but his luggage doesn't. When the plane goes down the dry cleaner is believed dead. He and his wife keep quite to collect the insurance money and settle a lawsuit with the airline. Once they get the money the man leaves his wife with the cash and heads to Vegas.

Once the loan shark, Chili Palmer, learns that his mark is still alive he goes after him. Palmer takes a side job to collect some money from a Hollywood producer, goes to LA and decides that he would like to break into the movie business. A great deal of hilarity ensues. The book has that distinctive Leonard prose. Short and too the point, with just the right amount of humor. It is a great look at the world of Hollywood through the eyes of a Miami loan shark.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Lulu on November 4, 2013
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I'm late to the Elmore Leonard world. And I had been reluctant to read it as I had already seen the movie. But, after he did, I thought it might be nice to give him a shot. After all, he's Elmore Leonard, right?
On the plus side: The book is slick. It's fast. It holds to all the tenets of Leonard's rules of writing, i.e. don't write about the weather (This is a book that takes place in Los Angeles, where it's always warm and the sun is shining and everyone is beautiful, except for the few that aren't.) People don't "exclaim" things. Or "declare". They just "say" them. ("Chili said", etc)
And each chapter zips along to the next.
But it's also a cold book. Cute but never hilariously funny. Terse but never didn't draw me in to it's world, just presented it. And the characters didn't engage me. I don't mind not liking people in a book. Anti-heroes are delicious. But, everyone rooted for Walter White, yes? When this book was over I didn't have any sense of loss at not having these people in my life anymore. Not a single one. And I didn't care what happened to them next. Even though there was a sequel, I have no intention of reading it.
On the other hand the book was only $2.99 in kindle form. And that was a steal.
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By Dane Mitchell on April 10, 2014
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Elmore Leonard "stuff" is just fun to read. It's good for when one wants to have a relaxing, light experience.
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