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Tishomingo Blues: A Novel

3 Ratings: 2.3
A book by Elmore Leonard

Take a high diver who witnesses a murder from his perch 80 feet above a Mississippi casino. Add a cooler-than-thou con artist from Detroit who's out to take over the Dixie mafia's lucrative Gulf Coast drug business. Throw in a crooked deputy sheriff … see full wiki

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Author: Elmore Leonard
Publisher: William Morrow
3 reviews about Tishomingo Blues: A Novel
review by . January 13, 2004
A high-diver performer witnesses a murder while standing on top of his dive ladder, and he tries to decide whether to admit to it or not. Meanwhile, he's befriended by a black guy who is trying to move into the drug business in this small town. His plan is to kill off the main people currently running it during a Civil War reenactment. Weird plot twists and you never know what is going on until it happens. Didn't care much for it.
review by . March 03, 2002
A new Elmore Leonard novel is always a cause for celebration, even when the novel isn't one of his best. As "Tishomingo Blues," while funny, slick and sassy, is not. Leonard prefaces the book by expressing his intention, "to entertain myself: gather an odd assortment of characters, build a story as they bump heads, and see what happens."The characters include Dennis Lenahan, a traveling high-dive champion who sees his daredevil career coming to a close; Robert Taylor, a smooth-talking black man …
review by . February 23, 2002
Elmore Leonard has to be the king of weird plots and characters among authors currently writing. Who else could combine a high diver, a Native American ex-professional baseball player, Civil War reenactors, members of the Dixie Mafia, and other assorted oddballs into a coherent narrative, and make it work? It's almost impossible to relate the plot of this book, for sometime I wonder if he just wasn't making it up as he went along, and didn't know where it was going himself until it got there, but …
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