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- ISBN: 078621838X
- ISBN: 0786218398
- Physical Description: 383 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
- Edition: Large print edition.
- Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press ; 1999.
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Nine years after his farcical conquest of Hollywood in Get Shorty, former loan shark Chili Palmer aims to scale equally unlikely new heights as a music producer. As you'd expect, it all happens more or less by accident. Stung by the failure of Get Lost, the sequel to his triumphant debut, Get Leo, Chili's not sure what story will put him back on top of Hollywood's greasy pole. Should his comeback film be about a rocker like Linda Moon, a singer who works for a dating service, or about a record producer like Chili's acquaintance Tommy Athens? The decision gets complicated when Tommy is executed in the middle of a power lunch with Chili, and when Chili tells Raji, the pimplike manager of Linda's girl group, that Linda is suddenly free to reconvene her old band Odessa ("AC/DC meets Patsy Cline") because Chili himself will be managing her from now on. In short order, then, Chili's getting serious homicidal attention from the outraged Raji, his gay Samoan bodyguard, and the shooter who took out Tommy Athens--all helping to explain the dead man in Chili's living room. (Raji's hit man, chagrined at having zapped another hit man by mistake, aptly observes that people are lining up to kill this guy.) A lesser executive would be toast. But not Chili, with his unshakeable confidence and his would-be killers' boundless capacity for self-delusion: he tells one assassin he'll get him a screen test, manufactures for a second the tale of a scam only Chili can straighten out, and puts himself in the middle of a deal a third needs to clinch before he can murder Chili. As the corpses who aren't Chili pile up, Leonard (Cuba Libre, 1998, etc.) tosses off a dozen new spins on Get Shorty's gorgeous premise--that nobody can run the entertainment industry as well as a low-level mobster armed with Leonard's endless stream of wisecracks--to produce a good-natured thriller as relaxing as it is exhilarating. (Author tour; TV satellite tour) Copyright Â©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Library Journal Review
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A sequel to Get Shorty, Be Cool draws movie producer and ex-loan shark Chili Palmer into the music business to find ideas for a new film. A story about a young singer trying to make it big appeals to him when he finds a perfect person to serve as his model. However, in stealing her away from her manager, Chili creates a mortal enemy, and that guy's not the only one out to get him. However, Be Cool is pure Leonard: it's loaded with characters impossible to classify as "good" or "bad," great dialog, an assortment of surprises, and a protagonist who takes everything in stride. Ron McLarty's reading is a real treat, but an even bigger treat comes after he finishes. Leonard himself then discusses how he writes, and the Stone CoyotesÃa real band on whom he modeled his novel's groupÃperforms "Odessa," the song we hear about throughout the book. Can any print edition compete with all this? Watch out, though. While this audiobook should satisfy Leonard addicts for now, it's likely to encourage them to return and clamor for more.ÃKent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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In Get Shorty (1990), Chili Palmer was a Miami loan shark who ventured to the strange land of Los Angeles and stumbled into the movie business. Now, with two movies under his belt, he's looking for another big hit. Both Chili Palmer novels are stories about a guy who converts events in his own life into feature-film fodder, sort of writing a movie as he goes, turning fact into fiction. As good as Get Shorty was--and it was very good--its sequel is better. Chili's new quest for a box-office smash, which involves a beautiful young singer, several shady music-business insiders, and an assortment of villains, reaches a level of comic surrealism that its predecessor only approached. This time, Chili knows from the beginning that he's going to turn his life into a movie. The loan shark turned producer becomes a kind of puppet master, staging real-life events to see how they'd work in a screenplay, orchestrating scenes, manipulating people as though they were big-screen characters. He knows there are folks who want to kill him, but what a movie it will all make--if only he can survive to the fade-out. This is a funnier novel than Get Shorty, too, chock-full of entertainment-industry in-jokes, and with a liberal supply of Leonard's always engaging characters and music-to-the-ears dialogue. With the master's name on it, Be Cool will immediately pole-vault toward the top of most best-seller lists. This one deserves its success. --David Pitt
Publishers Weekly Review
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Despite the title and the cover shot of John Travolta and Uma Thurman, who star in the MGM film based on Leonard's follow-up to Get Shorty, this production is curiously lacking in "cool." A few bars of funky music kick off the story, which follows shylock-turned-movie producer Chili Palmer as he outmaneuvers mobsters, crooked music business execs and some menacing rappers to make a CD--and possibly another movie. Narrator Scott, who starred in the film Dying Young, attempts a low-key, laid-back performance, but the result sounds sedate rather than coolly casual. He gives Chili an inflectionless tone that's hardly reminiscent of the character's Italian roots, and all of his female voices sound virtually the same. Though Scott lends a few secondary characters more definition--a spot-on Brooklyn accent for Chili's friend, Tommy, and a self-consciously tough tone for a murderous music manager--this production largely succeeds in rendering Leonard's lively text listless. Based on the Delacorte hardcover (Forecasts, Nov. 16, 1998). (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.