• City Primeval

  • High Noon in Detroit
  • By: Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (426 ratings)

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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.

©1980 Elmore Leonard (P)1993 Recorded Books Inc.

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Is there a perfect audiobook? Find out!

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.

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Fight, bleep, or hold the flashlight

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.

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great old fashioned police story

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!

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A Leonard/Muller Masterpiece

Don't take my word for it. In this one the protagonist is a cop rather than a Leonard outlaw. Like all Leonard stories this is a tale of self discovery; characters in flux. The rhythm of Elmore Leonard's writing is perfected by Frank Muller's velvet delivery. One complaint: not long enough.

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Great story, splendid narrator

Elmore Leonard's stories are so strong in character and dialogue that a little predictably in plot does. It matter. Five stars all around!

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Elmore Leonard & Frank Muller Dream Team

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.

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FAST ACTION FUN !

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.

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Outstanding

Raymond Cruz and Raylan givens are two of Elmore Leonard’s best characters. I enjoy any book that involves either man. Once again Leonard has knocked it out of the ballpark

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Elmore Leonard and Frank Muller!!

There's no debating Elmore Leonards prowess with gritty reality and twisted plots. With Frank Muller at the mic I'm finding a prefect match.

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Should have read it instead of listened

Overall, good story, what I would expect from Elmore Leonard, but I was distracted by the narration. I live in Detroit and the mispronunciations were annoying (i.e. Dequindre, Campau, Woodward, Westland). The narrator did a good job separating the different voices, but with so many characters, at first I had a hard time keeping everyone straight. I even had to slow down the narration a notch for the first few chapters. Misogynistic and racist language, although realistic for Detroit in the 80s, made me uncomfortable. I look forward to seeing Timothy Olyphant in the TV adaptation for the “Justified” reboot.