He used to be on the bomb squad, but it's not until he transfers out that Chris Mankowski really begins juggling with dynamite. Rape and revenge are just the tip of the iceberg in a twisty tale that brings Detroit's denizens to life - and occasional death - in all their seedy glory. Electrifying, explosive, and unexpected, this is Elmore Leonard at his suspenseful best.
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I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.
I just finished listening to Freaky Deaky, and there is a smile on my face as wide as the room I'm in. You just cannot have a better combination than Frank Muller and Elmore Leonard. Both artists with immense gifts, extraordinary skills and so prolific that we are honored to be able to listen to so much of their work. This book is set in Detroit, as many of Leonard's books have been. Both he and Mr. Muller know their territory back and forth. Our hero is Chris Mankowski, a suspended Detroit PD bomb expert. Our criminals are three; a man named Donell, a woman named Robin and a guy named Skip. Chris also meets and falls for an actress named Greta. The potential patsy of the piece is a pathetic multi-millionaire named Woody. Mr. Leonard takes his usual time setting the stage, but by the last five or six chapters the thing picks up speed and literally races to the finish. There is no way on earth that you can predict any part of the end, even if you've read dozens of Mr. Leonard's books. He is so inventive that words sorta fail me (sorta). It is hard to imagine having a whole lot more fun listening to an audio book than you get from listening to one of the Leonard-Muller collaborations. The twists and turns, Frank's absolute mastery of what he does, the quick pieces of dialogue with which Mr. Leonard creates these characters: what a pleasure! I can't guarantee that you will love this, which is too bad. I'd like to. These two guys are on top of the heap.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
Leonard is a master of character building with a minimal amount of words. This yarn is feasible, funny, original and loads of fun. It's a train wreck waiting to happen, but getting there is so much fun!
The late Frank.Muller's brilliance really shine through with the distinct voices every character demands.
Yes because of the narrator and Leonard keeps his stories interesting to the end. Usually not some rapid ending without reason as to how it got there
Yes. Elmore Leonard was born to write for the audio genre. All of his novels are amazingly entertaining and because they are all conversation-filled, audio playback, especially when read by the erstwhile Frank Muller (maybe the best that ever was) or Groege Guidall (alive and the best there is). I've read/listened to almost all of E. Leonard's works and long for more.
Any Elmore Leonard...Any!
Always makes me laugh.
I wish your service were cheaper; I go through these books very quickly. I listen in the car, the gym and when I'm home alone, cooking.
Glad that I finally got to Audible.com.
Seemed more formulatic Elmore rather than some of his other work. He's written a ton so there's bound to be a few less good. With that said it'd be a decent listen for a plane ride.
First listen to a Leonard
narration was fair but I didn't find it engaging
I'll try a few other similar fiction audibles. So far non fiction seems to suit this medium for me. I just downloaded Killing Floor which is supposed to be a good read, so I'll give it a listen and see if this genre is for me on audible.
Not Elmore's best but if your a fan it might be worth a try.
Retired book buyer/book manager for wholesale distributor in the 5 largest northeast states. Prolific reader who was inundated with ARCs.
Wild fun, funny dialogue, changing allegiances and a very unusual and clever plot line distinguish this captivating crime story. Fascionating characters and a journey into a world of fascinating characters. Compelling.
A decent story line and characters
Performance OK, but material he had to work with was just awful
The writing is not so bad, but not nearly good enough to redeem the book up to being worth reading.
The author here attempts a hybrid of a farce and a film noir mystery. It is not nearly funny enough for the farce to work and as a mystery it is ridiculous.
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