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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060089539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060089535
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 3.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,493,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vincent Mora just can't win. He's been shot, his girlfriend is about to be tossed off a balcony, and there's a vengeful creep looking to even a twisted score. Set against the tacky glitter of Atlantic City's billion-dollar casinos, Glitz has all the classic Leonard touches: quirky characters, colorful and cinematic scenes, and dialogue that's, well, to die for. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Elmore Leonard has written more than three dozen books including Cuba Libre, Rum Punch, and Get Shorty, and numerous screenplays. He has an unparalleled reputation among lovers of mayhem, suspense, and just plain wonderful writing. A Grand Master Award winner of the Mystery Writers of America, he has been likened to everyone from Balzac to Dostoevsky to Dickens to Dashiell Hammett -- but he is, in fact, entirely and entertainingly sui generis.

He lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.


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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.

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His characters are painted with lurid colors.
Dale Miller
Still, it's a wonderful read with colorful characters, wry humor, and great dialogue.
Anthony Bruno
Glitz by Elmore Leonard was suggested reading by a huge fan of Leonard's.
Lynn Barry

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. Hawkins on July 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
'Glitz' is the work of a novelist who knows exactly what he's doing. The plotting is strong without ever seeming contrived; the characters, with the possible exception of Vincent Mora, who's a little too good to be believable, are all arrestingly real; and the backdrops -- Puerto Rico, Atlantic City, Miami -- are vivdly painted in. The plot here is a little knottier than in some of Leonard's later books, but is none the worse for that; his comedy, too, is more subtle. All crime fiction is really a guilty pleasure, but that doesn't mean there's not room within the genre for originality and craftsmanship. Leonard isn't Tolstoy, and doesn't have any illusions about his stature, but on his own turf he is a master, and worth ten novelists who've buried their heads in Derrida and Lacan. Like his protagonist, Leonard knows all the angles. You'll finish this novel with a broad smile on your face, and a desire to read all of Leonard's work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tom Benton on March 10, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Elmore Leonard is definitely my favorite author. The way he cruises through the text and keeps you hooked along every word is a talent only he posesses. GLITZ is one of Mr. Leonard's greatest crime novels, an intriguing work that hooks you from the first sentence and holds on to you until the finale.
Seven years ago, Teddy Magyk (a.k.a. "Mr. Magic") was imprisoned after Vincent Mora brought him down for raping a senior citizen. Now Teddy's out, and he wants revenge. But there are some things he didn't count on. One, Vincent Mora isn't going to go down without a fight; and two, Vincent still has the mean look in his eyes...
Here, Mr. Leonard has written a movie-like crime thriller that will definitely not leave his many fans disappointed. I highly recommend you go out and buy "Glitz".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tyler smith on January 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
Glitz is the book that turned me onto Elmore Leonard.
Leonard has a very creative and often humorous technique in dialogue, description and story: never long-winded, perfectly paced, and intriguing. He has found the perfect balance between the images of a clear picture and the dialogue of a good movie (!).
Glitz is no exception to this successful formula. Not one stereotypical character throughout, a body count with resolutions so the reader is not left unsettled.
I finished Glitz in one sitting and wished there was more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Slocum VINE VOICE on July 3, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As the title suggests, "Glitz" is Elmore Leonard giving you ambiance from double barrels. You get Puerto Rico, home of tropical drinks and crazy tourists, where life is cheap amid postcard vistas. You get Atlantic City, a decayed relic of another time made anew with casinos that advertise visitor winnings on giant billboards.

"Yeah? And how much of it did the suckers put back in? They didn't say."

At the center, you get Vincent Mora, a Miami Beach police detective whose idea of medical leave after being shot in the hip involves taking stock of the killing of a woman friend who fell 18 stories from a high rise condominium building. Nothing phases Vincent, whether doing battle with the Atlantic City mob or pushing the buttons of a freak he sent up in the past. He always plays it cool.

"Your house could be on fire, but I'd never tell from your voice, would I?" he is told.

For Leonard's detractors, put off by his singular success among crime-fiction novelists, Vincent would be Exhibit A. Too tough, too collected, they say, and they have a point. Other storytellers examine their protagonists' fears as a way of pushing the tension. Leonard pretends it doesn't exist, or brushes it off with a shrug.

But you get great moments from such disengagement, like the way Mora sizes up a casino tough guy: "Vincent liked the way Jackie came right at him. Fat little guy with his pinkie ring, his pictures of stars - wanting to sound tough, hip - with lifts in his alligator shoes...He had known many Jackie Garbos in Miami Beach; they were fun. You could act just a little naive and they'd perform for you."

"Glitz" was first published in 1985, and when I saw it in paperback a year later, something about that original Meyer/Ziemienski cover grabbed me.
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Without a doubt the reigning master of American crime ficton, Elmore Leonard wrote a funny, fascinating thriller in the mid 1980s, "Glitz", which remains as satisfying a read today as it was when it was published originally back in 1985. Leonard has always had a splendid ear for dialogue and crafting realistic plots; both of which are shown quite well in this novel. In Teddy Magyk, Leonard his wrought one of his funniest, creepiest villains that I've run across, making him a hilarious comedic foil to his nemesis - and hero - veteran Miami cop Vincent Mora. I was impressed too with Leonard's vivid depictions of Puerto Rico and Atlantic City, New Jersey, where most of the plot takes place. Readers will be taken on a hilarious rollercoaster ride, in which Leonard deftly judges the absurdly funny and deadly serious aspects of his tale, offering us intriguing, multi-dimenionsal characters like former NFL player - now Atlantic City bouncer - DeLeon Johnson, singer Linda Moon and, of course, Vincent Mora. On one level, "Glitz" may be seen merely as a delightfully breezy, often fast-paced, crime thriller, with unexpected twists and turns; however, given Leonard's ample literary gifts, it should be regarded as among the best crime fiction novels written in the 1980s.
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