Elmore Leonard, Be Cool

Be Coolis the sequel to Elmore Leonard’s Get Shorty (in which Chili Palmer, a quondam enforcer for a loanshark, ended up producing a film based mostly on his own life.) Unfortunately, the formula doesn’t work that well a second time around with the setting transferred to the music industry. Chili – the outsider in the first book – is now an insider and I didn’t find any of the characters as engaging or memorable as those of the first book.

(Read from January 10-January 11, 2010)

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