Tishomingo Blues

Tishomingo Blues

A Novel

Book - 2002
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Warned by the local Dixie underworld to keep silent after witnessing a murder, daredevil diver Dennis Lenahan is recruited by Detroit gangster Robert Taylor for a showdown that takes place during a Civil War reenactment.


“Leonard delivers a certifiable masterpiece of such twisted ingenuity that he transcends even his own bad self….Tishomingo Blues is that good.”

Baltimore Sun


Crime fiction Grand Master Elmore Leonard heads to the Deep South for a bracing dose of Tishomingo Blues—a wild, Leonard-esque ride featuring gamblers, mobsters, murderers, high divers, and Civil War re-enactors that the New York Times Book Review calls, “Leonard’s best work since Get Shorty.” Sparkling with trademark “Dutch” Leonard dialogue so sharp it could cut you, Tishomingo Blues is classic mystery, mayhem, and gritty noir fun from “the coolest, hottest thriller writer in America” (Chicago Tribune).

Blackwell North Amer
Dennis is a daredevil and the girls love him. Things are going along okay with his gig at the Tishomingo Lodge & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, "the Casino Capital of the South," until the day he looks down from the high-dive platform and witnesses a mob hit - Dixie style. The killer looks up and says, "Let's see you dive." Suddenly, being a daredevil has lost its kick.
Turns out there was a second witness, Robert Taylor from Detroit, who carries a picture of his great-granddaddy's lynching along with a gun in a briefcase and listens to Marvin Pontiac while cruising the back roads of Mississippi in his black jaguar. Robert works for a man from up north who has come to play Ulysses S. Grant in a Civil War battle reenactment, but, like Dennis, Robert has a death-defying act of his own: he's sleeping with his boss's wife. He also has a secret agenda for taking on the Cornbread Cosa Nostra and wants Dennis in on it.
To complicate matters are the women - some dressed in hoop skirts and all of them with plans of their own. Vernice lures Dennis with the whitest thighs he's ever seen. Diane comes to do a story on him and wants to take him to Memphis. And still another comes along to give Dennis the surprise of his life. But it's the scams Robert Taylor plays, drawing Dennis into his game, that move the action through all kinds of unexpected twists and turns. Before he knows it, Dennis has agreed to join Robert in the battle reenactment, which leads to a showdown between the bad guys and the really bad guys.

Publisher: New York : Morrow, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060008727
Branch Call Number: M LEONARD
Characteristics: 308 p


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Jul 12, 2014

Not one of his best.


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FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

High diver Dennis Lenahan is drawn into a game of scams and action by Robert Taylor after they both witness a Dixie style mob hit.


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