Be Cool

Be Cool

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New York Timesbestselling author Elmore Leonard is back, and he's broughtGet Shorty's Chili Palmer along for the ride.  An unforgettable, hilarious, and spot-on insider's look at Hollywood as only Leonard could write it,Be Cooltakes readers on a back-side tour of Tinseltown's other big business--the music industry. Chili Palmer's follow-up to his smash hit filmGet Leobombed, and in Hollywood, you're considered only as hot as your last project.  Once again outside the system, Chili is exploring an idea for his third film by lunching with a former "associate" from his Brooklyn days who's now a record label executive.  When lunch begins with iced tea and ends in a mob hit, Chili soon finds himself in an unlikely alliance with one of the LAPD's finest, Detective Darryl Holmes, and the very likely next target of Russian gangsters.   With a hit man on his trail, Chili tries to pull together his next movie, the story of Linda Moon, a real-life singer with dreams that go further than her current gig with Chicks International, just doing Spice Girls songs.  She's desperate to tear loose from her current manager, an erstwhile pimp named Raji.  Orchestrating his movie as he goes along, Chili wrests the reins of Linda's singing career away from Raji, basing the plot of his new film on the action that unfolds as a result.  As he fakes his way to success in the music business with his trademark aplomb, Chili manipulates his adversaries and advances his friends, showing all how to be cool when the heat's on. With his unique combination of the good, the bad, and the unexpected, Elmore Leonard has written a novel that twists and turns to the last page.  From screen tests to rock sessions, from the Hills and the Valley to Hollywood and Vine,Be Coolis all new, all clever and, most definitely, all that.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 1999.
ISBN: 9780385333917
0385333919
Characteristics: 292 p.

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lukasevansherman
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.

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worker33
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

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jdhmsw
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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