Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Up in Honey's Room : Great dialogue, preposterous tale

I picked up the audiobook of Elmore Leonard's "Up in Honey's Room," (2007) for an Easter weekend trip to State College. I wanted a story that would keep me awake through the truck traffic of I-78 after a long Friday at work. "Up in Honey's Room," with the myriad character's accents (German soldier, Oklahoma-raised sex kitten, western lawman, Ukranian hitman) done with great aplomb by actor Arliss Howard, seemed like it might fit the bill.

Top U.S. marshal Carl Webster and Honey Deal, a department store associate with a penchant for toying with men and (to that end) walking around topless, team up in an investigation of a Nazi spy ring in early 1940s Detroit.

While the dialogue was not-at-all sleepy and the storyline was always unexpected, the narrative became so ... preposterous ...  that by the end my willing suspension of disbelief was simply exhausted.

I suppose if you are a fan of Leonard's "Cuba Libre" and "The Hot Kid" - some of the characters of which are continued her - you'll be similarly entertained by "Up in Honey's Room." I recommend the audio version so you can at least hear all that crazy dialogue.

About the author:

Elmore John Leonard Jr., inspired to write after reading a newspaper serial of "All Quiet on the Western Front" in the Detroit Times, first started publishing western novels in the 1950s. He went on to write crime fiction and suspense thrillers, some of which have been made into major motion pictures. His most famous works include "Get Shorty," "Out of Sight" and the short story "3:10 to Yuma." He also writes the FX western TV series "Justified." Leonard is the father of five children and the grandfather of nine. He and his wife live in a suburb of Detroit. Learn more about Leonard on his website.

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