Be Cool

Be Cool

Large Print - 1999
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The sequel to Chili Palmer's hit movie Get Leo tanked and now Chili's itching for a comeback. So when a power lunch with record-label executive and former associate Tommy Athens ends in a mob hit, he soon finds himself in an unlikely alliance with organized-crime detective Darryl Holmes and the likely next target of Russian gangsters. But where others see danger, Chili Palmer sees story possibilities. Enter Linda Moon, a singer with aspirations that go further than her current gig in a Spice Girls cover band. Chili takes over as Linda's manager, entering the world of rock stars, pop divas, and hip-hop gangstas. As he wings his way to success in the music business with his trademark cool, Chili manipulates his adversaries and advances his friends, all the while basing the plot of his new film on the action that results. Be Cool is rife with drama, jealousy, and betrayal, and all Chili needs to do is survive to make a new box-office hit.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press ; Bath, England : Chivers Press, 1999
Edition: Large print ed. --
ISBN: 9780786218387
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Leona 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 383 p


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Jun 14, 2015

Chili Palmer, the small time gangster turned movie producer from "Get Shorty," is back in Leonard's entertaining, sardonic 1999 sequel. It opens with Palmer and an old acquaintance have lunch, which ends with the latter with a bullet in his head. As always, the dialogue is whip smart, the characters vivid, and the plot full of twists and turns. While "Get Shorty" focused on the movie industry, this, while still set in L.A., is more about music, as Palmer manages a singer looking to break out. Throw in a hulking gay Samoan bodyguard, Palmer's dead friend's frisky widow, Russian mobsters, Aerosmith (seriously), and a hip-hop crew and you've got one of Leonard's funniest books. Made into a movie (John Travolta returned as Palmer) that nobody really liked.

Apr 24, 2014

terrific sequel to the get shorty novel. mr leonard knew how to engage and keep a reader entertained. long may he run

Jul 17, 2012

I wasn't disappointed by Mr. L this time either. The dialogue is always a delight and the smart a** comments always get me laughing. The story works -- winds up a little too fast -- but fun to read

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