Saturday, February 11, 2012

Tishomingo Blues by Elmore Leonard

A high dive performer is on the top of his 80 foot dive platform preparing for his opening act. As he looks down he sees two men kill another man. This is the opening action for this tale of murder, crime, and Civil War reenactment in Tunica, Mississippi.

Leonard once again brings memorable characters to the page. High dive daredevil Dennis Lenahan just wants to perform. He gets dragged into a murder involving the Dixie Mafia. As if that isn't bad enough a blues-loving con-man from Detroit who is in Tunica to extend his drug trade befriends him.

This novel has the usual flawed, yet fascinating characters that Leonard is known for. The plot line is far more convoluted to explain that it is to experience in the book. This is standard fare for Leonard.

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