by Sukey HowardJune, 2004
Dialogue to die for
Elmore Leonard is in fine form in his latest crime caper Mr. Paradise, read with the requisite cool by Robert Foster. Somehow Leonard back in Detroit, his home turf, for the first time in 20 years makes homicide, deceit, sex-for-hire, hired hit men and crooked lawyers seem appealing. And, for good measure, there's a good cop and a gorgeous girl, too. But, as always, what makes listening to Leonard so much fun is the incomparable combo of rapid-fire repartee, dead-on dialogue and a plot that walks on the wild side.