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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].Collecting money for the Mob isn't too different from any other job, reckons Miami loan shark Chili Palmer.

He soon finds himself ordered to collect on a bad debt from Leo Devoe, a guy who died in a plane crash.

But it turns out Leo isn't dead - he's living it up in Las Vegas on the compensation money.

So Chili follows him to Vegas and then on to Hollywood, where he gets drawn into the world of movies...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780753827291

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Chili Palmer is on a run of bad luck. He's just found out that one of his clients that owe him money isn't as dead as he was led to believe. He's also just got a new boss that has a grudge or two against him. Chili's new boss tells him to find the runner or make the payment himself so off he sets to Los Angeles via Las Vegas following the leads left behind. While he's in LA he gets mixed up in the movie business and hooks up with Harry Zimm, an independent film-maker, who seems to think he has a dynamite script that's just waiting to get made. He's trying to get A-List actor Michael Weir interested and then he can go to a major studio and get it into production as he doesn't have anywhere near the finances to do it himself. Chili agrees to help Harry out with his previous financiers, local gangsters that use Harry's films to launder their drug money, in exchange that Harry will show Chili his way around the movie business.As with all of Elmore Leonard's books, the plot is not quite as straightforward as it seems, each character's involvement complicates things just that bit more. The dialogue is snappy and the leading man is cooler than ice. From what I can remember of the movie adaptation I'd say the book has a harder edge to it but a re-watch will be in order probably after I've read the sequel, Be Cool.

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