Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Wednesday, July 11, 2012 / “Get Shorty” by Elmore Leonard

Today’s featured book is Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard.

"Get Shorty" by Elmore Leonard

“Get Shorty” by Elmore Leonard

Why I chose this book:

I’m feeling lively so I’m picking a frolic more than a mystery (though that’s where booksellers like to toss him). You’ve probably already read this book so I’m telling you something you already know: “Get Shorty” is one of Elmore Leonard’s best. You’ll love the cross and double-cross from first line to last line (remember the last line?). It’s good to be back. Happy reading.

Mob-connected loan shark Chili Palmer is sick of the Miami grind – plus his “friends” have a bad habit of dying there. So when he chases a deadbeat client out to Hollywood, Chili figures he might like to stay. This town, with its dream-makers, glitter, hucksters, and liars – plus gorgeous, partially clad would-be starlets everywhere you look – seems ideal for an enterprising criminal with a taste for the cinematic. Besides, Chili’s got an idea for a killer movie, though it could very possibly kill him to get it made.

“The greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever!” The New York Times Book Review

If you want to make your own comments on this selection, we would love to hear from you. Join ourFacebook Killer Nashville group page or our blog and join in the discussion.

Remember that these books are listed at a discount through Amazon. You also don’t have to purchase the version that is featured here. Many of these books are available in multiple formats: e–book, hardcover, softcover, and audio. Enjoy!

– Clay Stafford, Founder of Killer Nashville


About Clay Stafford

Clay Stafford is an author / filmmaker ( and founder of Killer Nashville ( As a writer himself, he has over 1.5 million copies of his own books in print in over 14 languages. Stafford’s latest projects are the feature documentary “One of the Miracles” ( and the music CD “XO” ( A champion of writers, Publishers Weekly has identified Stafford as playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.” (PW 6/10/13)
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