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Tishomingo Blues By Elmore Leonard,

  • Title: Tishomingo Blues
  • Author: Elmore Leonard
  • ISBN: 9780141009865
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Paperback
  • Daredevil Dennis Lenahan has brought his act to the Tishomingo Lodge Casino in Tunica, Mississippi diving off an eighty foot ladder into nine feet of water for the amusement of gamblers, gangsters, and luscious belles His riskiest feat, however, was witnessing a Dixie style mob execution while atop his diving platform Robert Taylor saw the hit also A blues loviDaredevil Dennis Lenahan has brought his act to the Tishomingo Lodge Casino in Tunica, Mississippi diving off an eighty foot ladder into nine feet of water for the amusement of gamblers, gangsters, and luscious belles His riskiest feat, however, was witnessing a Dixie style mob execution while atop his diving platform Robert Taylor saw the hit also A blues loving Detroit hustler touring the Southland in a black Jaguar, Taylor s got his own secret agenda re the Cornbread Cosa Nostra, and he wants Dennis in on the game But there s a lot in Robert Taylor s pocket than a photo of his lynched great grandfather And high diver Dennis could be about to take a long, fatal fall right into a mess of hoop skirts, Civil War play acting and trouble than he ever dreamed possible.
    Tishomingo Blues Daredevil Dennis Lenahan has brought his act to the Tishomingo Lodge Casino in Tunica Mississippi diving off an eighty foot ladder into nine feet of water for the amusement of gamblers gangsters an

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    1. A man on top of a platform, eighty feet above a small tank of water, just 9 feet deep, looks down at the remote object, raises his arms and leaps out into nothingness, flying briefly before gravity hurls him under, he tumbles, twisting his body this way and that, moving sixty miles a hour, in two seconds a big splash as Dennis Lenahan, hits the target, slowly he surfaces, the appreciative crowd cheers wildlyMr Lenahan, originally from New Orleans, has been a diver for 22 years, the talented dare [...]

    2. Let us attempt to narrow it down El Leonard is a literary genius who writes re readable thrillers Mr Leonard possess gifts of ear and eye, of timing and phrasing that even the most snobbish masters of the mainstream must vigorously covet And the question is how does he allow these gifts play, in his efficient, unpretentious and delightfully similar yarns about semiliterate hustlers, mobsters, go go dancers, cocktail waitresses, loan sharks, bounty hunters, blackmailers and syndicate executioners [...]

    3. Dennis Lenahan has an odd way of making a living Several times a day he climbs an eighty foot ladder and then dives into a tank filled with nine feet of water for the entertainment of tourists His latest gig is at a hotel casino in Tishomingo, Mississippi, but while Dennis is on top of the ladder setting up for his next show, he witnesses a couple of good ole boys murdering the guy who had been hired to help him.Dennis is advised that the killers are members of the local Dixie Mafia so he d best [...]

    4. After three of the last five books felt like they seriously wasted my time Cold Mountain, Crooked Letter, John Updike, I m looking at you , I decided to stack the deck El never wastes a second of my time.And, hoo boy This was terrific Dixie Mafia, Delta blues Between Chickasaw Charlie Hoke he gets a story in When The Women Come Out To Dance , Robert Taylor please tell me he gets stories or books , and characters like Jerry, Arlen, and Loretta, this was one of my favorite assemblages of people y [...]

    5. Another good tale by Leonard I love his characters Unfortunately, the reader took the southern redneck voices to extremes didn t do the story any favors As usual, there were quite a few twists I wound up rooting for people who normally wouldn t be considered the good guys It was quite a trip.

    6. Kind of low key for El Leonard, good Southern flavored crime story, not much in the way of his usual wacky, over the top characters which is one of the things I love most about Mr Leonard s work so I give it 3.5 stars if it were an unknown writer needing some attention I d probably round up to 4 stars, but I think the author will survive my 3 star rating with no damage to his career Dennis Lenahan a daredevil, high dive champion takes a job at a small casino in Mississippi A good gig that could [...]

    7. So much fun and I ll always remember El Leonard seeing me through the hottest night so far of this Perth heatwave I just wish I brought Justified with me on this trip

    8. There is no better writer than El Leonard to show you the sometimes funny, silly underbelly of crime and in Tishomingo Blues, he has created a crack cast of characters that will stay with you quite a while There is high diver Dennis Lenahan, who scrambles to make a living in a career with diminishing returns, who meets up with Robert Taylor, a fast talking, smooth operating hustler who seems to know what will happen and how it will go down Their improbable friendship develops in the midst of gam [...]

    9. Sometimes I deliberate for much too long over little things.The rating of this book is a good example I was torn between four and five stars In the end, whatever it s just a book review So there are the five stars.This was my first El Leonard book I think That I remember.Leonard is a good storyteller, and the book was fun It felt like it was written a couple of decades before the copyright Something about the language and prose of the author, I guess, made it feel like it was from a generation e [...]

    10. Well, that was fun.Imagine what would happen when the Dixie Mafia meets the Detroit Mob who wish to muscle in on operations, all manipulated by a con man, and dragging an unsuspecting daredevil along the way Well, if you can t, El Leonard did it for you.This is classic Leonard tough guys talking tough, some smartarse messing things around, all told with his usual smartarse language I laughed a lot from the language employed by Leonard to describe the characters particularly their backgrounds and [...]

    11. This was was my first El Leonard book and what a book to start with The plot sounds so stupid when you read the description What the heck A exhibition high diver, a Civil War reenactment, and a Mississippi casino, and a Detroit mobsterwhere s the butler in the library with the candlestick Actually a butler with a candlestick would have been plausible than the cast of characters assembled for this farce And it is a farceke no mistake about that It even has the required stereotypical bimbo cockta [...]

    12. I find it difficult to relate El Leonard stories to larger universal themes mostly because I m too damn interested in the story His characters are constantly entertaining and his plots always have a sense of randomness to them.Tishomingo Blues holds true with this perception with its mixture of backwoods mafia, big city drug dealers, and characters that take risks under the guise of desire The story is pure entertainment due things that are familiar as well as things that are unfamiliar And if y [...]

    13. TISHOMINGO BLUES 2002 El Leonard 1 2.This is one of the few Leonard books I hadn t read previously The author often said that this was his favorite of all the ones he wrote I m not sure why Maybe it s me, but the ending was confusing too many characters involved Still, it was a very good crime novel As was usual with Leonard, it contained its share of oddball characters and settings, with a smattering of totally immoral secondary characters Try and think of any other novel that features as one o [...]

    14. This was my first El Leonard book By all accounts, Leonard appears to be a pretty old, famous murder mystery writer Notoriety and all, I just didn t like the book, but didn t dislike it enough to put down He is very good at building interesting characters that make you want to follow their lives, but the plot itself wasn t catchy for me, or maybe I didn t get it The setting of a civil war reenactment was entertaining for a murder plot, but I thought he involved too many characters and should hav [...]

    15. Not a murder mystery or a crime novel in the standard sense, Tishomingo Blues is instead a story in which there is a lot of crime especially a lot of killing A motley assortment of entertaining and offbeat characters, including a high dive champ new to the area, a former major leaguer who endlessly turns every conversation into a discussion of his pitching prowess, and a Detroit con artist, all collide in Tunica, Mississippi.There is a lot of hilarious dialogue, some interesting discussion about [...]

    16. looks like this will be the 18th from leonard for mendlelooks like a charlie hoke storyd this is unusuala contents page and each chapter heading has the first sentencei miss all those old cold war cartoonsbullwinkle rockyat narrator s voice providing the title and an alternative titleheh but the contents set up reminds me of those glory daysg sighdicationr christineepigraphi m going to tishomingo to have my ham bone boiled,i m going to tishomingo to have my ham bone boiled,these atlanta women do [...]

    17. I do not think it is a good sign when I am in the final tenth of a book, a book by a famous thriller crime writer, and I can t keep my eyes on the page They wander about the room, the room they ve seen thousands of times, unconsciously trying to find something interesting than the book they are being coerced into reading.This was my first El Leonard novel and I had high hopes for a thrilling ride with spot on witty dialogue and comically absurd plots Maybe this happens with his other books, I d [...]

    18. Though I m still reading and really enjoying The Prize, a few weeks ago I decided I needed to pick up a couple of books to take with me on my South American adventure I had a few requirements for these books 1 They needed to be exciting, enjoyable reads that would mesh well with a vacation.2 In that they would be read on red eye flights or in the downtime of what was to be an ambitious, Spanish flavored bender, they needed to treat the words nuance and sophisticated as crass obscenity.3 Ideally, [...]

    19. No sooner do I complain about a problem in El Leonard s work the fact that every novel seemed to feature a monstrous guy who killed people casually and unnecessarily, as if such people don t need explaining than it disappeared Tishomingo Blues includes plenty of killing, especially at the end, but just about everybody who dies is a total sleazeball, and I was glad to see them go That isn t necessarily a feature of Leonard s work the good guys don t always win But Tishomingo Blues hardly belongs [...]

    20. I don t think you can ever really go wrong with El Leonard As long as you like his style, this book does not disappoint Much of the plot centers around the world of contemporary civil war reenactments in the deep south that alone is a subject ripe for Leonard s scrutiny, and he does it in his usual lyrical style Violence abounds of course I felt perhaps so than what I m used to, but as long as you can tolerate that as well plenty of off putting language and some mild sex this book is a fun ride [...]

    21. Lots of semi tough American types, babbling ungrammatically Babbling a lot, all about nothing.Mr Leonard is on record as despising Raymond Chandler However, Chandler s big achievement the unsung one, as always in the genre was to introduce a perspective which renders interesting and significant all these bland, one dimensional American types who people the narrative of the American experience Mr Leonard writes about all the same characters as if they were interesting and important on their own, [...]

    22. This was a book that took me along through the most unlikely of subjects to hold my interest a civil war re enactment The stew Leonard made of all the components the Dixie Mafia, personal vendettas, a high diving dare devil and a black man who makes the history of the Deep South work for him simmered along until it came to a lovely boil in the dusty heat of a Virginia, May afternoon.I ve always loved reading El Leonard His male characters are so real, no cardboard to them and the best ones are m [...]

    23. One of the few fictional books that I ve ready in my adult life, and not been able to finish I ve enjoyed many of the film adaptations of Leonard s novels particularly Mr Majestyk so, it only made sense that I picked up one of his books to have a read.For the right person this is a good read sadly I m not the right person I don t like a book that moves this fast, I like description and I like setting, everything here was way too fast for me.If you don t read much, or if you quite simply want act [...]

    24. If you liked the show Justified but haven t read any El Leonard, this is a good one to start with it even has a passing reference to the Temple of the Cool and Beautiful JC, the church drug house that got blown up by Boyd in the pilot which was based on one of Leonard s short stories A stunt diver witnesses a murder at his new gig, and is drawn into events that culminate in the Dixie Mafia battling some real gangsters from Detroit during a Civil War reenactment All in Leonard s inimitable style [...]

    25. The supposed master of dialogue does indeed fill his book with dialogue, which defines characters, advances the plot, and I suppose does other things less gifted writers less good writers might try to do through expository writing It s an engaging plot, with a fairly likeable character, with a fun backdrop of Civil War reenacters The world he describes is not one I m familiar with I guess with a murder mystery, maybe you re forced to hang with some disreputable characters but he writes in a way [...]

    26. The story of a man who makes his living diving into a tank of water from an eighty foot ladder.It s El Leonard, so the plot turns to involvement with organized crime of course The Dixie Mafia and ties to the mob in Detroit.The climax comes during a Civil War battle reenactment.Another good read by Leonard.

    27. Reading El Leonard is like having a new friend tell you a story over a bottle of Wild Turkey It meanders around, characters get brought to life, and the story appears pointless But it is told soooo well, you don t really mind, and the ending is nearly perfect Dennis wondering if Robert knows anyone in Orlando Never disappointing, easy to read, no superfluous bits.

    28. Oh El, you write great books I don t where he gets his unique ideas I am glad he has such an extensive collection of books, so I can slowly make my way through them all.

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