Clement Mansell knows how easy it is to get away with murder. The seriously crazed killer is already back on the Detroit streets - thanks to some nifty courtroom moves by his crafty looker of a lawyer - and he's feeling invincible enough to execute a crooked Motown judge on a whim.
Homicide Detective Raymond Cruz thinks the "Oklahoma Wildman" crossed the line long before this latest outrage, and he's determined to see that the hayseed psycho does not slip through the legal system's loopholes a second time. But that means a good cop is going to have to play somewhat fast and loose with the rules - in order to maneuver Mansell into a wild Midwest showdown that he won't be walking away from.
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Only Elmore Leonard could have written something this outrageously entertaining. Only Frank Muller could have made it into one of the best things you will ever hear. Leonard is now eighty six. RIP Frank Muller. The book was written in 1980, and Frank recorded it in 1993. So many of Leonard's books and short stories have been made into movies that I can't count them, but I do know that almost none of the stories are better than this. Lt. Raymond Cruz of the Detroit PD is on the hunt for Clement Mansell, a killer who knows no boundaries and kills for fun. Leonard's ear for dialogue is again pitch perfect. The cat and mouse game turns corner after corner, and you feel your heart pounding with each twist at the end. Leonard has you at his mercy. No one else could write like this. There is a dead, crooked Judge, a woman attorney who represents Mansell but then would like to kill him herself. Cruz has fellow cops, there are vengeful Albanians, there is just about anything you could want in a thriller. Stephen King called Leonard "the great American writer." Hard to argue with an expert. Decide for yourself. Just be prepared for a roller coaster ride.
I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
This novel was tight as a futtock shroud, smooth as Mai Noi silk, sharp as the turns on Col de Braus, and hard as a boiled egg. I finish reading Elmore Leonard and I want to be him, just for a second. Now look: Chandler, Cain and Hammett are absolutely the Holy Trinity of crime; the Father, Son and Holy Ghosts of Noir. Leonard, however, is both the Word and death's echo. He is the ultimate end, the great inevitable, the voice in the void. His dialogue alone would be scary in its perfection, but you drape that shit on his plot and it is magical.
He sets this novel up from the title. City Primeval' was inspired by both 'High Noon' and Leonard's early Western fixation and Leonard's own work with The Detroit News and writing a piece called "Impressions of a murder" that he wrote for The Detroit News Sunday Magazine. Anyway, there really wasn't anything I didn't love here.
Oh, and Frank M., as always, is just killer at the narration.
This book has all the elements of a great listen. First of all RIP Frank Muller was never better than his presentation of this novel .. Oh how I miss him.
Then there's the story .. takes place in Detroit at a time when cops needed quarters for pay phones to answer their pagers. It is chocked full of little things that obviously annoyed the author at the time of the writing, and now show us just how far we've come both socially and technologically.
This book was a surprise .. I don't even remember selecting it for my library .. and it is one of the best!
I have listened to all but 3 Leonard books on audio. I think this one ranks as one of his best. Frank Muller at his very best. You will not be disappointed.
First novel by Elmore Leonard. Found the story to be out of a Sam Spade/ Bogart film. Characters lacked personality, charisma, and tended to be made of cardboard. I could not get emotionally involved or feel empathy or sympathy for any of them. The story is routine hard boil detective stuff with no real intrigue or mystery as to where it was going and how it would end. The novel had a comic book feel to it with no originality or suspense. The only saving grace was some of the dialogue between some of the characters. Reminds me of the film "Little House of Horrors" a "B" film with a cult following. I believe that best describes the author and his novel...
A short book that will keep you listening and want more. Elmore Leonard is as good as they get. Try it, I don't think you will be disappointed.
Anything be Elmore Leonard is recommended in this genre. Anything!
Stick in another book.
We need lower prices for these short books...how abou9t $1.00?
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