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Get Shorty Mob connected loan shark Chili Palmer is sick of the Miami grind plus his friends have a bad habit of dying there So when he chases a deadbeat client out to Hollywood Chili figures he might like to s

  • Title: Get Shorty
  • Author: Elmore Leonard
  • ISBN: 9780060082161
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mob connected loan shark Chili Palmer is sick of the Miami grind plus his friends have a bad habit of dying there So when he chases a deadbeat client out to Hollywood, Chili figures he might like to stay This town, with its dream makers, glitter, hucksters, and liars plus gorgeous, partially clad would be starlets everywhere you look seems ideal for an enterprising criMob connected loan shark Chili Palmer is sick of the Miami grind plus his friends have a bad habit of dying there So when he chases a deadbeat client out to Hollywood, Chili figures he might like to stay This town, with its dream makers, glitter, hucksters, and liars plus gorgeous, partially clad would be starlets everywhere you look seems ideal for an enterprising criminal with a taste for the cinematic Besides, Chili s got an idea for a killer movie, though it could very possibly kill him to get it made.

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    About Author

    1. Elmore Leonard says:
      El John Leonard lived in Dallas, Oklahoma City and Memphis before settling in Detroit in 1935 After serving in the navy, he studied English literature at the University of Detroit where he entered a short story competition His earliest published novels in the 1950s were westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into motion pictures.Father of Peter Leonard.

    Comment 293 on “Get Shorty

    1. Kemper says:
      El Leonard had a bad Hollywood experience in the mid 80s of working on a film adaptation of LaBrava with Dustin Hoffman Leonard did multiple unpaid rewrites at the actor s request, but then Hoffman bailed on the project after six months of meetings leaving Leonard with nothing to show for his time Leonard s revenge was Get Shorty and what sweet revenge it is.Chili Palmer is a small time loan shark in Miami who once got into a beef with another gangster, Ray Barboni, who has held a grudge against [...]

    2. Diane says:
      This novel was so much fun It s only the second El Leonard book I ve read, but already I m a convert.The story is that Chili Palmer is a Miami loan shark who ends up in Los Angeles, trying to track down a guy who owes him money Chili has always loved movies, and while in LA he gets to know producer Harry Zimm and actress Karen Flores Chili has an idea for a movie based on his experiences as a shylock, and a major star likes the story.What was especially fun about this book was how meta it was ab [...]

    3. Joe Valdez says:
      The 28th novel by El Leonard is perhaps the one the author is best known Published in 1990, Get Shorty might be the book to turn the man on the street from asking, El who to nodding his head and saying, Oh, El wrote that Yeah, saw the movie He s good The movie is not only a stellar entertainment, but ended a forty odd year dry spell in which Hollywood seemed unable or unwilling to balance the explosiveness of Leonard s violence with the sweetness of his characters and their casual, often hilario [...]

    4. Jamie says:
      Week before last I took a trip by myself It s one of my favorite things to do, to disappear off the grid, to land up someplace in a slightly sketchy always slightly sketchy motel It s not so much a vacation from anything as it is just a change of scenery.One of the rules, and it hasn t failed yet, is to make as many new friends as possible I can do this on trips, because there s so much wide open space of solitude that it s hardly an intrusion I ll talk to anyone I ll talk to a lamppost.This tim [...]

    5. Fabian says:
      The plot is both simpleish absurd the showcase in this baby is truly its characters Without so much description of their personas as actual lines of dialogue that exposes them richly, Leonard pretty much knew this one had Hollywood adaptation written all over it Heck, the novel is all about Hollywood adaptations So, although plenty of the circumstances that ricochet all over the thematic fabric seem laughable flighty in the book, the inhabitants and their zippy, sarcastic, semiShakespearean line [...]

    6. S.P. Aruna says:
      I love just about all the books this guy has ever written His characters are quirky and colorful, his plots always a bit offbeat And this story of a small time hood trying to break into the movie business as a producer is no exception El leonard is considered a crime writer, yet his characters are rarely if ever detectives, policemen, or private eyes Now that s a challenge He is definitely a one of a kind author.It s no wonder that Hollywood has made so many movies out of his books

    7. Elizabeth (Alaska) says:
      I would call this spoof noir It has all the noir elements you d find in a Raymond Chandler novel, but not only none of the darkness, but humor enough for smiles throughout Chili Palmer is not your stereotypical loan shark Collecting is just business Hurting people who don t pay shouldn t be necessary when all you have to do is look at them with that certain look.Neither is this any sort of stereotypical crime novel Which are the good guys and which the bad isn t as obvious as it should be Or at [...]

    8. Mark Dawson says:
      George Higgins might have been an influence on the late, great El Leonard but, for me at least, there is no one who nails dialogue quite like Duke It s a great regret that I never got to meet the man because he s a hero But it s than dialogue, isn t it Opening lines, pacing, plotting he could do all of it, and it seemed to be completely effortless I think he s written better books than this, but it s the one that brought me to him and so I still have a soft spot for it Chilli Palmer is a superb [...]

    9. Milo (BOK) says:
      El Leonard is an author whose work I need to discover of and having read the first Raylan Givens novel, Pronto as well as now Get Shorty, he s already turning out to be one of my thriller writers Like the blurb describes, nobody can write opening lines like this guy and he s just so good He finds a way of drawing you in, keeping you hooked and telling a compelling story that you won t be able to put down.Like many of Leonard s novels Get Shorty has been adapted into a film and I decided that it [...]

    10. Kirk Smith says:
      Fast paced, action packed Never a dull moment Pretty amused that it captures a screenplay within a screenplay I never realized it was so Hollywood Also, Fun than I was expecting

    11. Cheryl says:
      A fast paced, funny book that s a mix of gangsters and the Hollywood movie scene Good writing, with interesting characters and dialogue.

    12. Michael says:
      Chili Palmer is a shylock with mob connections working in Miami However he is sick of the grind and it seems that his friends in the industry have a bad habit of dying While chasing a deadbeat across America, he eventually ends up in Hollywood, where he decides to stay and start a new life Besides, he has a killer idea for a movie and this is the town where dreams can come true or do they It is no secret that El Leonard has a bitter opinion towards Hollywood and Get Shorty allowed him to vent hi [...]

    13. Jim says:
      At one point, an alternative title for this book appears in the movie Chili Palmer s Adventures in Hollywood, and that would be have been appropriate I loved his book because I loved the character of Chili Palmer, the worldly wise loan shark from back East who fit in so well with the crazed world of Hollywood.Get Shorty by El Leonard is all about Chili, who originally comes out west after a dry cleaning shop owner gets wealthy by not being in a famous plane crash, though his luggage was He left [...]

    14. Jane Stewart says:
      I enjoyed watching the character Chili, but I was disappointed with unfinished events at the end.The value of this book is watching a collection of characters and the shallowness of movie making It was different and good But I can t say I really liked it Each time I put it down I had no desire to get back to itE DRAW IS CHILI S CHARACTER Chili is a wise guy loan shark He doesn t use a gun His style of intimidation is quiet, making the victim imagine bad things will happen if he doesn t pay Befor [...]

    15. Tony says:
      GET SHORTY 1990 El Leonard .This was a re read for me of a Leonard novel that I first read when it was published in 1990 It was also fortunate that I happened to catch Leonard at a reading signing for this book He had lots of stories about Hollywood, which is the setting for this novel Leonard often said that all of his novels had at least been optioned for films I think most of them made it to the big screen and were successful and this included his early Westerns also The question that always [...]

    16. Bill says:
      I had been meaning to read El Leonard for years, ever since seeing movies like Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction I knew Quentin Tarantino was a big fan and was heavily influenced by Leonard So, after much surfing and emailing, I determined Get Shorty was likely the best novel to start with It was pretty good, but a really light read.What makes Leonard s writing shine is the dialogue you ve heard the overused dialogue crackles rave Well Leonard really deliversis is why his novels make such successf [...]

    17. Sarah says:
      8 5 I had real trouble getting into the plot and unusual dialogue style and ended up giving up at page 95 I m not sure if it was the book or my preoccupation with my recovery, so one day hopefully this year I ll give it another go.

    18. P.S. Winn says:
      Loan shark Chili Palmer seems like a guy I could sit down and have a conversation with This book turns mob connections, crimes and the big city perils into quite an adventure.

    19. Peter says:
      El Leonard s books are iconic, with tight, spare writing and complex plots His Get Shorty 1990 is right up there, becoming a 1995 movie with John Travolta It is the first in the Chili Palmer Series El s story is a fun ride, requiring some exercise of those little gray cells It also emerges as a clever self referential construction it is a book about writing a movie script that is the story in the book Ernesto Chili Palmer, nicknamed for his hot temper when young, is a collector for the loan shar [...]

    20. Lee Battersby says:
      Entertaining, funny, tongue in cheek collision of the twinned fraudulent worlds of the small time hood and the small time Hollywood hanger on, with a menagerie of only partially self aware characters in the best Leonard tradition It s a romp in the grand old fashion, and it s easy to see why this was such a hit as a movie Hollywood loves nothing than proving it s hip to its own faults, and Leonard s acerbic take on the grimy, desperate world that springs up in the shadows of the mega studios is [...]

    21. Still says:
      This novel is the first appearance to my knowledge of Chili Palmer who also appears in El Leonard s novel Be Cool.These two novels were never my favorite El Leonard books mainly because both novels were the 1st I sensed that my favorite contemporary author of crime fiction was working from someone else s research material The attempt to reference pop culture as it was in the 1990s seemed forced and a caricature of all things considered hip at the end of the 20th century.This is the 1st El Leonar [...]

    22. Sue Herbert says:
      I approached El Leonard with caution, because I m British and I tend to read a lot of classic books Leonard s language is American, modern, stylised and for me a bit difficult to get into But I loved Get Shorty , it made me laugh out loud My son borrowed it after me and when he asked me what it was about, I said It s about a leather jacket That puzzled him a bit, but afterwards he said It is, isn t it, because that s what starts it all off Chilli Palmer is a great character nothing puts him off, [...]

    23. Neil Hepworth says:
      Can someone explain the appeal of this book to me I m sure it s a great movie because there s only 90 minutes of material stretched over 300 pages I mean, I guess if you like reading about how movies are made kinda , then you might like some of the scenes, but manI just don t get it The actual plot, when it showed up, was pretty good there were just so many scenes when nothin much happened I dunno.I read this book cause my wife and I are watching Justified and I thought this would be a good one [...]

    24. Matthew FitzSimmons says:
      Reread Get Shorty my admiration for El Leonard is no secret and I was reminded how brilliantly Leonard reveals character through dialogue and choices So much of the dialogue was lifted whole cloth for the film, however the book is different from the film in interesting ways I realized how the film had rendered Chili Palmer Travolta cool to the point that he was never in any danger The Chili Palmer of the book is still cool, but he doesn t glide through the story without repercussions it made me [...]

    25. Bryce says:
      A fun, fast gangster Hollywood plot twisty romp Leonard s dialog and characters are always just half a step away from being people you could legitimately meet on the streets they re always just slightly clever or sleezy or tough Chili Palmer is the best of these, as a tough mob collector who wants to get in to the movies The age of the book is a novelty now, with its dated references Tom Cruise talked about as a promising young actor, the current state of schlock horror, and Morgan Freeman bein [...]

    26. Dave says:
      This is how it is supposed to be done This novel is full of crisp dialogue from believable people in places where the sleaze just drips from everywhere you look With the unlikely hero of a semi reformed loan shark, it is the suited predators of the Hollywood creep factory that are the truly scary ones for their greed and stupidity, and not the central casting mobsters who are slightly less despicable This great fun and a masterwork of the genre I am happy I finally got around to reading it.

    27. Wayne Barrett says:
      El Leonard is a genius at character development and dialogue A couple of spots where the script in question was drug out a little too long and an unimpressive scene with a handrail kept this from being a 5 star As a whole the story was very entertaining and was a book that was hard to put down On a side note if you are an aspiring writer, you won t find a better lesson in dialogue than El Leonard.

    28. Zadignose says:
      I read it sometime around it s release, so let me guess 1991 It reads like a book that wants to be a movie which it did become it was probably optioned even before it was written it pretty much defined hackwork for me, so I could know what popular hackwork reads like Not that I recall the plot.

    29. Nate D says:
      Probably one of our better current pulp stylists This is one of the popular, probably partly due to the movie Junk, mostly, but of the best kind.My parents had a lot of these kicking around the house, so there was a period where I picked them up whenever I ran out books.

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