Fear is a man’s best friend. Chili Palmer is a debt collector for the mob in Miami. But when one of his clients skips to Hollywood he decides to take a short working holiday on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Compared to the movie people, Chili is a small-time low-life. But, as the fat cats are about to discover, he is also tired of showing respect to people he thinks are scum.
‘Compellingly readable … Extremely funny, bursting with sustained passages of black comedy … a major American novel’ Guardian.
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In Hollywood, home of movies, gorgeous women, players and fast operators - every move you make is a potential scene... Nerve-shattering suspense, crackling dialogue and scathing wit from 'the hottest thriller writer in the US' [TIME].From the Back Cover:
In a novel filled with his signatures – nerve-shattering suspense, crackling dialogue, scathing wit, twisted plot, mad scams and daring surprises – Elmore Leonard proves once again why he sets the standard against which all other crime novels are measured.
'Get Shorty' follows the fortunes of Chili Palmer, a Miami loan shark with a talent for making a 'slow pay' come across. His pursuit of a mark who's behind in his payments takes him first to Las Vegas, then to Hollywood and horror-film producer Harry Zimm. It seems that Harry has gambled away $200,000 earmarked for his next production, and his investors, who run a limo-and-drugs service for the Hollywood crowd, will kill to know where their money is.
But in the land of make-believe Chili suddenly finds himself forming an uneasy partnership with Harry – in between evaluating screenplays, taking meetings with studio execs, and pitching a movie idea of his own. Who would have thought that successful hood would have the right job skills to make it big in Hollywood? Now all Chili has to do to reap the rewards is stay one step ahead of a trigger-happy investor who wants him removed from the scenario…permanently.
Now a major film starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo and Danny DeVito.
Joe Mantegna has starred on Broadway in 'Speed-The-Plow' and 'Glengarry Glen Ross', for which he won a Tony award. His film credits include 'Godfather III, Bugsy, Homicide' and ' Searching for Bobby Fischer'.
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Book Description Penguin, UK, 1999. Softcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Available Now. Size: 11.3 x 2.1 x 18 cm. 304 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Crime Fiction; ISBN: 0140139567. ISBN/EAN: 9780140139563. Inventory No: F239-1222. Bookseller Inventory # F239-1222
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140139567