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Tishomingo Blues | [Elmore Leonard]

Tishomingo Blues

Things are going along okay with Dennis' gig at the Tishomingo Lodge & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, "the Casino Capital of the South", until the day he looks down from the high-dive platform and witnesses a mob hit, Dixie style.
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Publisher's Summary

Things are going along okay with Dennis' gig at the Tishomingo Lodge & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, "the Casino Capital of the South", until the day he looks down from the high-dive platform and witnesses a mob hit, Dixie style.

Turns out there was a second witness, Robert Taylor from Detroit, who carries a picture of his great-granddaddy's lynching along with a gun in a briefcase and listens to Delta blues while cruising the back roads of Mississippi in his black Jaguar. Robert works for a man from up north who has come to play General Grant in a Civil War battle reenactment, and like Dennis, Robert has a death-defying act of his own: he's sleeping with his boss's wife.

Adding further intrigue are the women. Vernice lures Dennis with the whitest thighs he's ever seen. Diane comes to do a story on Dennis and wants to take him to Memphis. And still another comes along to give Dennis the surprise of his life. But it's the scams Robert Taylor plays that move the action through all kinds of unexpected twists and turns.

Tishomingo Blues rings true with the best-selling author's dead-on dialogue, capturing the flavor and rhythms of the South, and finds him plotting at his unpredictable best.

©2002 Elmore Leonard; (P)2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A Leonard novel is an event, and for good reason. Over the past 40 years, this writer has evolved into the undisputed champ of the American crime novel, and he hasn't lost a step....Prime Leonard, prime reading." (Publishers Weekly)
"Frank Muller gives a virtuoso performance in bringing this large and varied cast to life....This is a Muller performance to savor." (AudioFile)
"Pure entertainment." (Booklist)
"Pure reading pleasure." (Playboy)

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    Laure Amesbury, MA, USA 08-15-04
    Laure Amesbury, MA, USA 08-15-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Classic Leonard"

    This book, like most Elmore Leonard books, is a gem. And nothing needs to be said about the brilliance of Muller (this had to be one of his last readings?)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Edison, NJ, USA 02-01-05
    Paul Edison, NJ, USA 02-01-05
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    "Wow"

    I just took a shot at downloading this one without knowing anything about the author or reader. The story was excellent, and the reader was even better. It seemed like he WAS the characters and I felt like I was watching a movie. A good reader really adds a lot to the audio books. I have to find another one from him now. It was great! Not one complaint.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Porter Ranch, CA, United States 10-06-04
    Rick Porter Ranch, CA, United States 10-06-04 Member Since 2001
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    "A Great Ride!"

    Dive In and Hold On for a Great Ride! Written in true Elmore Leonard style and read exceptionally (!!!) for a solid entertainment experience. A joy...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bonita Exeter, CA, USA 11-07-08
    Bonita Exeter, CA, USA 11-07-08 Member Since 2002
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    "First Time Leonard Lemon"

    I am a huge Ellmore Leonard fan. I both read and listen to his books. This is the first to disappoint. Lackluster characters and not the usual grab from either the plot or the characters. I don't recommend this listen and I never thought I'd write that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael La Canada, CA, USA 09-24-06
    Michael La Canada, CA, USA 09-24-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Pure Elmore"

    One of Elmore Leonard's best. Great story, great dialog, and perfect narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Jonathan Newman Guelph, Ontario Canada 04-12-06
    Dr. Jonathan Newman Guelph, Ontario Canada 04-12-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Worth your time"

    On the whole I definitely enjoyed this book. Two things about it were "distracting". First, the narrator reads too fast. Everyone always seems "breathless". Second, although in small doses it was interesting, the whole civil war re-enactment subculture became a bit tedious. There was just too much detail. The reader wants to *understand* the subculture -- not join it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 03-24-05
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 03-24-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Interesting read"

    I really enjoyed the book, though it wasn't exactly what I expected! I made the mistake of downloading this story onto my player instead of another book, and boy, was I confused at first! Once I realized that it was not the book I expected, I really enjoyed the story. The characters are interesting and colorful, and I can honestly say that I didn't see the plot unfolding as it did. This book was my first by the author, and I am sure that I will soon be listening to another.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    robert Tulsa, OK, United States 08-22-13
    robert Tulsa, OK, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Narrator is worst ever heard"
    Would you try another book from Elmore Leonard and/or Frank Muller?

    Elmore yes ... Muller never..very tedious to listen to


    What did you like best about this story?

    Life like and historical


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frank Muller?

    Anyone


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No but very entertaining


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed about Mueler and more so after I saw I wouldn't be able to listen to many of Elmore's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JamesH Montgomery, AL 07-23-13
    JamesH Montgomery, AL 07-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good for a 7-8 hour road trip"
    Where does Tishomingo Blues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle. It tells a fairly entertaining story with quirky characters, but nothing special.


    Would you recommend Tishomingo Blues to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, for the purpose of listening to a story while driving a 7-8 hour trip. I would not recommend it to anyone listening or travelling with children. The language is extreme. This was my first Elmore Leonard novel, but I'm guessing he freely uses expletives as part of his literary style. If you are offended by foul language, this is NOT the book for you.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    He kept the different characters easy to distinguish. His reading style made it easy to stay focused on the story, which is not always easy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Citrix Fishers, IN USA 10-08-08
    Citrix Fishers, IN USA 10-08-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Tishomingo"

    Honestly, I thought the story was...eh...not particularly fascinating. It was certainly different and I did enjoy it, but was not captivated by it. What I *did* love was the narrator (Frank Muller). I've never heard a book narrated that way. He spoke at a pretty good clip and had the most natural dialect(s) that I've ever heard. When he switched from speaker to speaker, it was 100% convincing. I'm going to search for books by this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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