Tishomingo Blues

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Fiction - 416 pages
11 Reviews

Daredevil Dennis Lenahan has brought his act to the Tishomingo Lodge & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi -- diving off an eighty-foot ladder into nine feet of water for the amusement of gamblers, gangsters, and luscious belles. His riskiest feat, however, was witnessing a Dixie-style mob execution while atop his diving platform. Robert Taylor saw the hit also. A blues-loving Detroit hustler touring the Southland in a black Jaguar, Taylor's got his own secret agenda re the "Cornbread Cosa Nostra," and he wants Dennis in on the game. But there's a lot more in Robert Taylor's pocket than a photo of his lynched great-grandfather. And high-diver Dennis could be about to take a long, fatal fall -- right into a mess of hoop skirts, Civil War play-acting ... and more trouble than he ever dreamed possible.

 

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User Review  - Cathi Davis - Goodreads

Reading Elmore Leonard is like having a new friend tell you a story over a bottle of Wild Turkey. It meanders around, characters get brought to life, and the story appears pointless. But it is told ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

Blah. Ill-defined characters in a bad story. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
27
Section 4
47
Section 5
55
Section 6
73
Section 7
93
Section 8
107
Section 15
203
Section 16
219
Section 17
233
Section 18
253
Section 19
269
Section 20
279
Section 21
291
Section 22
309

Section 9
117
Section 10
131
Section 11
141
Section 12
159
Section 13
175
Section 14
189
Section 23
321
Section 24
329
Section 25
339
Section 26
365
Section 27
388
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Page 178 - hours of history—ask me a question about it, anything, like the names of famous assassins in history. Who shot Lincoln, Grover Cleveland. I took history ‘cause I loved it, man, not to get a job from it. I knew about the Civil War even before I saw it on TV, the one Ken Burns did. I stole the entire set of videos from Blockbuster.
Page 137 - I thought maybe you already knew your great-granddaddy lynched that man in the picture, my own great-granddaddy, rest his soul. And cut his dick off. Can you imagine a man doing that to another
Page 304 - The guy high in the air, twisting and turning, is in control of himself, showing how cool he is. And Robert's cool. He keeps Dennis around because he respects him as a man.
Page 138 - I thought to myself, Lookit how our heritage is tied together, going back to our ancestors. Yeah, I'm gonna show him the historical fact of it.
Page 244 - !love to watch people who make what they do look easy. No flaws, nothing sticking out.
Page 215 - You at the crossroads, Dennis. I'm about to make an offer to buy your soul.

About the author (2009)

Elmore Leonard wrote more than forty books during his long career, including the bestsellers Raylan, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool, Get Shorty, and Rum Punch, as well as the acclaimed collection When the Women Come Out to Dance, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. The short story "Fire in the Hole," and three books, including Raylan, were the basis for the FX hit show Justified. Leonard received the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He died in 2013.

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