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Djibouti

Format:  Paperback,

279 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Oct 2011

ISBN-13: 9780061735219

ISBN-10: 0061735213

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Documentary filmmaker Dara Barr is at the top of her game and looking for bigger challenges. That's why she's come to Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, with her right-hand man, six-foot-six, seventy-two-year-old African American seafarer Xavier LeBo, to film modern-day pirates hijacking merchant ships. But almost no one here is who he seems to be. Dijibouti's most successful, Mercedes-driving pirate seems to be a good guy, while his pal, a cultured Saudi diplomat, has dubious connections. Texas billionaire Billy Wynn plays mysterious roles as the mood strikes him, especially when dealing with his nifty fashion model girlfriend, Helene. And then there's Jama Raisuli, a black al Qaeda terrorist from Miami, who's vowed to blow up something big.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Oct 2011
ISBN-13: 9780061735219
ISBN-10: 0061735213
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 279
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.9

About the author

Biography of Leonard, Elmore

Elmore John Leonard, Jr., popularly known as mystery and western writer Elmore Leonard, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 11, 1925. He served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1943 to 1946. He received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Detroit in 1950. After graduating, he wrote short stories and western novels as well as advertising and education film scripts. In 1967, he began to write full-time and received several awards including the 1977 Western Writers of America award and the 1984 Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe award.

His other works include Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, 3:10 to Yuma, and Rum Punch. Many of his works were adapted into movies. He successfully conquered alcoholism in the 1970's; details of his struggle with the bottle appear in author Dennis Wholey's 1986 book The Courage to Change. His title Raylan made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2012.

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Review by Library Journal (2010-09-16)

Start with documentary filmmaker Dara Barr and her right-hand man, Xavier, as they embark on her latest project, a "doc" on modern-day pirates operating out of Somalia. Add to this, each with his or her own agenda, a billionaire yachtsman, the French model he's considering making his wife, a stylish pirate, a British/Saudi fixer, and two al Qaeda members, one of whom also happens to be a convicted American felon, and stir in liberal amounts of champagne, martinis, and khat. Serve the whole thing up with humor, action, and a tanker of liquefied natural gas and what began as a documentary becomes a treatment for an action blockbuster in the novel-and most likely in real life.

Verdict: Leonard's 44th novel gets a one-day lay down the day after his 85th birthday on October 11 and a media blitz to match. This is exactly the sort of book that inspired the phrase "review proof". Luckily for Leonard and crime fiction fans, he really cooks with gas here.

- Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Lib., Wisconsin Rapids

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2011-03-01)

In a major departure from his crime novels set in Detroit, Miami, and Los Angeles, octogenarian Grand Master Leonard (www.elmoreleonard.com) here tackles East Africa. Documentary filmmaker Dara Barr travels to Djibouti to make a film about modern-day pirates operating out of Somalia. Cognizant of the dangers involved, she nonetheless stumbles into a deadly plot. As always with Leonard, there are colorful characters-e. g., an elderly New Orleans seaman, a Texas billionaire, and an American al Qaeda terrorist-though Barr herself remains rather vague.

More adept at style and mood than plot, Leonard takes too long to get things going. The slack pace, however, is energized by the narration of Tim Cain (I, Alex Cross), who employs a plethora of authentic-sounding multicultural accents. Recommended for Leonard aficionados and those looking for unusual treatments of terrorism.

- Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Lib.

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Documentary filmmaker Dara Barr is at the top of her game and looking for bigger challenges. That’s why she’s come to Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, with her right-hand man, six-foot-six, seventy-two-year-old African American seafarer Xavier LeBo, to film modern-day pirates hijacking merchant ships. But almost no one here is who he seems to be. Dijibouti’s most successful, Mercedes-driving pirate seems to be a good guy, while his pal, a cultured Saudi diplomat, has dubious connections.

Texas billionaire Billy Wynn plays mysterious roles as the mood strikes him, especially when dealing with his nifty fashion model girlfriend, Helene. And then there’s Jama Raisuli, a black al Qaeda terrorist from Miami, who’s vowed to blow up something big.

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