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Published
New York : William Morrow 2010.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
279 p.
ISBN
9780061735172
0061735175
Main Author
Elmore Leonard, 1925-2013 (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Crime fiction grand master Leonard, who turns 85 in October, remains in top form. He has a new publisher and a new subject—Somalian pirates—but all the signature Leonard elements are shining as brightly as ever: the back-and-forth banter, always oozing wit but never too smart for the room; the cast of wonderfully idiosyncratic characters, each capable of a star turn; the always startling juxtaposition of the mundane against the violent. This time, mixed in with all of that, Leonard gives us one of his trickiest plots and cleverest turns of storytelling. Dara Barr is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, recently arrived in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa (the gateway to Islam . . . or the back door to the West) to film Somalian pirates in action. With her assistant, a 72-year-old sailor named Xavier, Dara, armed with a concealed spy camera, sets off onboard the Buster in search of pirates. She finds plenty, but she and Xavier also land in the middle of an al-Qaeda plot to blow up a tanker loaded with liquefied natural gas. Portions of the tale are related in real time, but much of the narration comes in the form of Dara and Xavier viewing film of what's already happened and debating how to structure the documentary. This curious dramatic technique works magnificently, taking us inside the characters in a way that straight, action-oriented narration might not do. Leonard never tells a story in the expected way, but this time he outdoes himself. Marvelous entertainment. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Dara Barr has done just about everything, but her trip to Djibouti to chronicle modern-day pirates just might do her in. Leonard recently won PEN's Lifetime Achievement Award, and his latest, Road Dogs, spent six weeks (not more?) on the New York Times best sellers list. The one-day laydown, 200,000-copy first printing, and seven-city tour bespeak publisher confidence. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Leonard (Road Dogs) goes exotic with this eventually killer story of contemporary piracy set on the horn of Africa. Dara Barr, a documentary filmmaker newly arrived in Djibouti to make a film about pirates as a follow-up to her Oscar-winning Katrina documentary, and Dara's savvy friend and fixer, Xavier, stumble into a thicket of intrigue before the two are on the open water. Rogues they encounter include a "whirlwind Texas entrepreneur" sailing around the world; a crooked diplomat in league with a charismatic pirate, both eyeing a payday; and a pair of kidnapped al-Qaeda operatives, one an American citizen with a bounty on his head. Everyone has an angle or two, and once the plots stumble through an awkward first third, Leonard's hallmark breakneck pacing, crackling dialogue, and scalpel-sharp prose kick in. Seasoned Leonard readers will see some grays poking through--this at times reads like a quite good imitation of an Elmore Leonard novel--but it still beats the pants off of most of the competition. (Oct.) [Page ]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The author of Road Dogs brings his gritty, humorous style to a modern-day pirate story, in which an ambitious documentary filmmaker and her right-hand man get more than they bargained for on the Horn of Africa. 200,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In a modern-day pirate story, ambitious documentary filmmaker Dara Barr and her right-hand man, Xavier LeBo, a seventy-two-year-old African American seafarer, get more than they bargained for on the Horn of Africa.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The author of Road Dogs brings his gritty, humorous style to a modern-day pirate story, in which an ambitious documentary filmmaker and her right-hand man get more than they bargained for on the Horn of Africa. 200,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

'Elmore Leonard is in a class of one'.The greatest crime writer who ever lived.""Dennis Lehane 'Elmore Leonard is our greatest crime novelist'the best in the business." 'Washington Post 44 novels and still going strong! The incomparable Elmore Leonard''the reigning King Daddy of crime writers' (Seattle Times)'is back with Djibouti, a gripping, twisting, playful, and always surprising tale of modern-day piracy. Djibouti sparkles with the trademark Leonard style, wit, and crackling dialogue that have made novels like Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and The Hot Kid crime fiction classics. This time Elmore's taking us to the Horn of Africa for an unforgettable confrontation with con men, crooked diplomats, documentary filmmakers, and pirates'and it's going to be a wild ride!

Review by Publisher Summary 5

“Elmore Leonard is in a class of one….The greatest crime writer who ever lived.”—Dennis Lehane “Elmore Leonard is our greatest crime novelist…the best in the business.” —Washington Post 44 novels and still going strong! The incomparable Elmore Leonard—“The reigning King Daddy of crime writers” (Seattle Times)—is back with Djibouti, a gripping, twisting, playful, and always surprising tale of modern-day piracy. Djibouti sparkles with the trademark Leonard style, wit, and crackling dialogue that have made novels like Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and The Hot Kid crime fiction classics. This time Elmore’s taking us to the Horn of Africa for an unforgettable confrontation with con men, crooked diplomats, documentary filmmakers, and pirates…and it’s going to be a wild ride!