Out Of Sight 3rd October 1996
About the Author
Chili Palmer is a debt collector for the mob in Miami, but when one of his clients skips to Hollywood he decides to take a short working holiday on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams.
Compared with the movie people Chili is a small-time low-life. But, as the fat cats are about to discover, he is also tired of showing respect to people he thinks are assholes ...
"Get Shorty is a masterpiece" Martin Amis in the Sunday Times
"Compelling readable ... Extremely funny, bursting with sustained passages of black comedy ... a major American novel" Guardian
"Ice-cool hero Chili Palmer on the make in Hollywood. Cracking fiction from the crime laureate" Independent
Now a major film starring John Travolta, Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman and Rene Russo
Out Of Sight
See Review. Out of Sight opens with a bang: a prison break in South Florida that accidentally brings together deputy federal marshal Karen Sisco, a knockout in her Chanel suit and with her Sig Sauer .38 pistol, and legendary bank robber Jack Foley, Mr Cool himself, forty-eight years old but still sharp enough to hitch a ride on someone else's breakout. And one thing's for sure: he doesn't want to do any more time.
Their relationship begins in the dark confines of a car boot, where Foley starts to wonder what might have happened if he'd met his hostage under different circumstances, like in a bar or club, and continues to be at the heart of the plot: the federal agent determined to track the fugitive who captured her - professional enemies but with some kind of weird fascination between them.
Prompted and sometimes helped by her dad, semi-retired after forty years in the police business, Karen follows the trail to Detroit and to the heist of the year. Here she comes up against some vicious guys who make a living out of homebreaking - and who are quite a nasty surprise for old pro bank-robber Foley too.
Out of Sight is the thirty-third novel by Elmore Leonard, who has been called `a literary genius' by Martin Amis and the creator of `the best American crime writing this century' by Martyn Harris.
'Elmore Leonard has been called the best writer of crime fiction alive...one is tempted to add - "or dead"' The Observer
'There's no better pick-me-up than a new Elmore Leonard crime novel. His pen has lost none of its punch...' The Daily Mai1
"Out of Sight crackles with originality and wicked brilliance, razor-sharp dialogue, inimitable wit, and memorable characters who have become the trademark of Elmore Leonard. It has all the greatest elements including a hair-raising climax which ensures that Elmore is 'Stil1 the King' " Time Out
Elmore Leonard has written thirty-three novels, including the best-sellers Pronto, Rum Punch, Maximum Bob and the hugely successful Get Shorty. He lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
BIBLIOGRAPHY - Elmore Leonard