Split Images: A Novel by

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 368 pages
17 Reviews

“Constant action and top-notch writing.”
—New York Times

A Palm Beach playboy who amuses himself with murder finds himself on a collision course with a vacationing Motown cop in Elmore Leonard’s Split Images—a gripping and electrifying example of noir gold from “the coolest, hottest writer in America” (Chicago Tribune).  Split Images is Grand Master Leonard at the top of his game, a bravura example of how exemplary crime fiction is done by a writer who stands tall among the all-time mystery greats: John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, et al. The brilliant creator of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (of TV’s Justified) now brings us a cast of vivid and unforgettable characters on both sides of the law, in a twisting masterwork of unrelenting suspense that the Washington Post calls, “Brilliant...impressive...superb.”


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User Review  - Stephen Baker - Goodreads

I've read about 30 Elmore Leonard books, and this is my favorite. The villain, Robbie Daniels, is charming and despicable. the journalist, Angela, is scheming and a little bit wicked. The cop is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Daniel - Goodreads

Coming off of The Reckoning, I needed something like an Elmore Leonard novel: dialogue-driven and page-turning. I've read around twenty of them, but never this one from 1981. This isn't his best. The ... Read full review


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Page 10 - He say it was going down when he got home? How about, he looked at the guy but couldn't make him? TV — all that kind of shit come out of TV. They get to be household words. Tossed, for Christ sake." (16-17) What had bothered the squad-car officer had been a linguistic anomaly, a stylistic break he was sure he had observed in the millionaire's speech: he would not have expected a rich and presumably well-educated white man to use a word from underworld slang like "tossed.
Page 6 - ... everything he seemed to be: that in other words the stereotyped contrast between millionaire and Haitian might not correspond to the realities of this particular situation. So too, a few pages earlier, Gary Hammond had been talking with the Haitian's widow in the hospital while they waited for him to die: She said, "I go home tonight and fetch a white chicken and kill it.
Page 1 - Robbie Daniels was also forty-one. He had changed clothes before the police arrived and at six o'clock in the morning wore a lightweight navy blue cashmere sweater over bare skin, the sleeves pushed up to his elbows, colorless cotton trousers that clung to his hips but were not tight around the waist. Standing outside the house talking to the squad-car officer, the wind coming off the ocean out of...
Page 100 - ... we didn't care for one another, Ann." She seemed impassive, and he resumed his discourse. "I thought I wasn't likely ever to see you again, Ann. I reely did. It isn't as though I was seein' you all the time. I didn't know what I wanted, and I went and be'aved like a fool — jest as anyone might. I know what I want and I know what I don't want now. "Ann!
Page 17 - They were all DOA except this one guy, a jig, hung on three hundred sixty-seven days, if you can believe it. So technically his death wasn't scored as a hit. I mean he didn't die of gunshot, he died of like kidney failure or some fucking thing. But it was a nine-millimeter hollow nose, couple of them, put him in the hospital, so ... you be the judge.
Page 8 - That shitty-looking thin hair greased back in a shark-fin pompadour the young cop bet would hold for days without recombing. The guy sounded a little bit like Lawrence Welk the way he talked, not so much with an accent, but seemed to say each word distinctly without running words together. He seemed dumb, squinting with the cigarette in his mouth to get a half-assed shrewd look. But the guy did know things.
Page 40 - She could see him firing a gun as she might see it in a dream or a movie. She saw it again in slow motion, looked at it closely and saw his expression the same as it was now. He fit the role of homicide lieutenant in a filmic way, look and manner adaptable to motion pictures.
Page 4 - ... Beach. This, unfortunately, seems not to be odd at all, at least not in Leonard's world. What is odd is what happens next. Gary Hammond, the young squad-car officer who questions Daniels, asks him whether the woman accompanying him had entered the house together with him, and the millionaire replies, "Yeah, but when I realized someone had broken in, the way the place was tossed, I told Miss Nolan, stay in the foyer and don't move.
Page 36 - To interdict street crime in high-incident areas." "Sounds like you're reading it," Mr. Randall said. "So you mingle with the civilians, pretend to be one of us?" "That's right," Bryan said. "Which suggests to me," Mr. Randall said, "an omnipresent, omniscient police force indistinguishable from the citizenry, ready to stop crime in progress or prevent its occurrence. Was that the lofty aim?
Page 9 - Well, for one thing," the young cop said, "the Haitian told it different." "I bet he did," the detective said. "I bet he said he was fucking assaulted. You been out to Belle Glade lately?

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About the author (2009)

Elmore Leonard wrote forty-five novels and nearly as many western and crime short stories across his highly successful career that spanned more than six decades. Some of his bestsellers include Road Dogs, Up in Honey’s Room, The Hot Kid, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories Fire in the Hole. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Rum Punch, which became Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. Justified, the hit series from FX, is based on Leonard’s character Raylan Givens, who appears in Riding the Rap, Pronto, Raylan and the short story “Fire in the Hole”. He was a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA, and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He was known to many as the ‘Dickens of Detroit’ and was a long-time resident of the Detroit area.

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