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Elmore Leonard, who's made his career writing about not-too-bright bad guys, fills Mr. Paradise with several memorable specimens of that breed. In addition to Montez, who'd resented his politically incorrect boss for cutting him out of his will, there's also a bottom-feeding defense attorney, Avern Cohn, who runs a murder-for-hire operation on the side, and his well-armed employees of the month, "tough monkeys" Carl Fontana and Arthur Krupa. Less credibly and entertainingly crafted is Frank Delsa, the widowed homicide detective whose hunt for Paradiso's killers is complicated by his attraction to the curvilinear Kelly. This romantic subplot is overly predictable and deflates early expectations that the cunning young model is playing some deeper game here, working an angle that neither Delsa nor Montez anticipates.
After penning a string of character-propelled novels set in Florida (including Glitz, Out of Sight, and the particularly winning La Brava), it's good to see Leonard exploiting the Detroit backdrop again, as he did so expertly in a few of his earlier successes (City Primeval and Killshot, for instance). Yet while Mr. Paradise is rich with comic dialogue and cop-shop color, it never goes beyond the expectations of a Leonard work. This author is too good not to take more chances. --J. Kingston Pierce
Elmore Leonard is simple the best author I've ever read, it's hard to believe he could be so consistent writing one great book after another for so many years, but he did, not a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gary Baylis
I listened to this on CD. The reader's voice was excellent for the main character - which was a detective. He had only one voice, however, which made it hard to follow at times. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Audrey Anderson
Mr. Paradise, real name Anthony Paridiso, is a retired personal injuries attorney. He's eighty-four years old, healthy for his years and he gets his kicks watching video tapes of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Laurel Whitehead
There are some funny parts but overall it's an average book. then again Elmore Leonard on an average day is still worth reading. It's just not one of his better efforts.Published 15 months ago by Richard Newton
This is one deep, realistic and gritty look at life in a busy, city homicide division with multiple cases under investigation. Out of the blue comes a double homicide. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Greggorio!
If Elmore Leonard wrote a grocery list, I'd buy it. That's how much I love this man and his work. He's the best, but not every book he writes is equally good. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Worthen
CD/unabridged/fiction: This is my second Elmore Leonard audio. I was reading Airtight Airtight at the same time, which was ironic because they're both involve double-cross. Read morePublished on November 9, 2012 by Brave Warrior
This is a review of the audio CD version of Mr. Paradise. Elmore Leonard at his spare, ironic best, and a perfect reader, to boot.Published on October 16, 2012 by Lindsay Pyfer
I like consistency in my life, and with anything written by Mr. Leonard you know at the very least you are going to get great, sometimes brilliant. Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by Paul Rooney