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.
"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)
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?)
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
After three heroic tries I finally finished this audiobook. I gave it my all too. Had to force myself to listen. The author gives no reason to care a whit for the main character. The "bad guy" isn't really all that much more evil than any other character (of which there are a blue million). Not much of a effort my Elmore Leonard. I think he phoned this one in. Frank Muller, however, did a fine job with the narration. He is sorely missed in the world of audiobooks.
Frank Muller + Elmore Leonard is always great. Tishomingo Blues is the best of the best. It's my personal favorite of all the books Frank read for Elmore and possibly my favorite audiobook. The world of high-diving, Civil War reenactment, redneck mafia and crappy Gulf Coast casinos is one I always want to go back to. Elmore and Frank are both gone, but this book is a testament to Elmore Leonard's genius as a writer and Frank Muller incredible talent as a narrator.
It's not easy for me to give an Elmore Leonard book less than a stellar review, but... I've read or listened to at least ten Elmore Leonard books and would give almost all of
them 5-star ratings with maybe an occasional 4-star. This one, however, just couldn't keep my interest. I'm not sure what Leonard was trying to accomplish, but there wasn't anything here to hold things together. Weak characters, weak story (stories?), poorly defined settings. There didn't really seem to be any reason for anything that happened. Seemed like the characters and the settings were just random, unrelated characters and plot ideas that were poorly pieced/thrown together and called a book. Leonard is much better than this. I really had to force myself to finish, and when i did, I had to ask myself, "why?" Thank goodness for Frank Muller. Great narrator.
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