City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Clement Mansell knows how easy it is to get away with murder. The seriously crazed killer is already back on the Detroit streets -- thanks to some nifty courtroom moves by his crafty looker of a lawyer -- and he's feeling invincible enough to execute a crooked Motown judge on a whim. Homicide Detective Raymond Cruz thinks the "Oklahoma Wildman" crossed the line long before this latest outrage, and he's determined to see that the hayseed psycho does not slip through the legal system's loopholes a second time. But that means a good cop is going to have to play somewhat fast and loose with the rules -- in order to maneuver Mansell into a wild Midwest showdown that he won't be walking away from.


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Fantastic characters and an excellent introduction to Leonard's sparkling prose, unlike any other style I've read. Definitely recommended. Read full review

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User Review  - Kimberly - Goodreads

My first Elmore Leonard read. It was pretty good. Different style of writing than I'm used to, but I enjoyed it. Will read more from this author. Read full review


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Page 6 - A cloud of witnesses testify that ‘justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done.' Without the appearance as well as the fact of justice, respect for the law vanishes.
Page 133 - Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
Page 16 - on a frosted look with the hard, clear hammer of the evenly spaced gunshots, until a chunk fell out of the windshield. He could hear the girl screaming then, giving it all she had.
Page 53 - were the massive dark-glass tubes of the Renaissance Center, five towers, the tallest one seven hundred feet high, standing like a Buck Rogers monument over downtown. From here on, the riverfront was being purified with plain lines in clean cement, modern structures that reminded Clement a little of Kansas City or
Page 117 - We want to be ugly, we could get you some time over there right now,” Wendell said. “Driving after your license was revoked on a DUIL, that's a pretty heavy charge.” “What, the drunk-driving thing? Jesus Christ,” Clement said, “you trying to threaten me with a
Page 117 - each other and not making any kids like they did back in the plantation days.. . You want to know something?” “What's that?” “One of my best friend's a nigger.” “Yeah, what's his name?” “You don't know him.” “I might. You know us niggers sticks together.” “Bullshit. Saturday night you kill each other.” “I'm curious. What's the man's name?” “Alvin Guy.
Page 52 - In the meantime, cross off the chicken-fat consultant as a score, but use his place to rest up and get acquainted with the finer things in life. Drink the man's Chivas, watch some TV and look out at the
Page 117 - No, the violation's nothing to a man of your experience,” Wendell said. “I was thinking of how you'd be over there with all them niggers.” “Why is that?” Clement said. “Are niggers the only ones
Page 52 - view of Motor City. Man oh man. The Detroit River looked like any big-city river with worn-out industrial works and warehouses lining the frontage, ore boats and ocean freighters passing by, a view of Windsor across the way that looked about as much fun as Moline, illinois, except for the giant illuminated Canadian Club sign over the distillery. But then all of a

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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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