Freaky Deaky, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


An explosive thriller from the 'greatest living writer of crime fiction' [NEW YORK TIMES].Way back when revolution was the thing, bombs were Robin Abbott and Skip Gibbs's bag - until they were sent to prison.

Now they're out and looking to put their skills to profitable use.

Their target: Woody Ricks - who Robin thinks ratted them out to the Feds.

But Motown cop Chris Mankowski has his eye on Woody, and as a former golden boy of the bomb squad, it's only fitting he'll be around when the nasty stuff starts going down? or blowing up.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780753827307

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The first time that I read Freaky Deaky (back in the eighties) it was my first encounter with Elmore Leonard and made me want to go out and read most of his back catalogue immediately. Therefore, coming back to it again I was surprised to find that I didn't enjoy it as much as I had previously and felt it lacked the wit and excitement of some of his other books. I think, part of the problem is that the main character Chris Mankowski doesn't really compare in strength to other classic Leonard characters like Foley, Stick or Chili Palmer and although there's plenty of double crossing taking place here it's not as well plotted as some of the other books that he's written.

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This is the first Elmore Leonard book I have read, but I was familiar with the movie based on his novel, "Get Shorty". "Freaky Deaky" was very much the same type of fast paced, wisecracking story with an integral plot involving mishaps and police procedures. The characters were well sculpted and bounced off one another just right.I found it very entertaining. It is just the type of light relief one needs every now and again.

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