Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Book review: Djibouti by Elmore Leonard

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dara is a documentary film-maker based in New Orleans, after doing films on Hurricane Katrina and the war in Bosnia. When she turns her attention to the pirates hijacking ships off the coast of Africa she finds more than she bargained for. She and her partner Xavier head to Djibouti where they are quickly ensconced in a web of intrigue that involves hijackers, terrorists, wheelers, dealers and scam artists of all kinds. When making their movie turns into a collaboration with a wealthy man who may or may not be a CIA agent to foil a terrorist attack, things get really interesting. Leonard is the master of dialogue and characterization and this book fairly sparkles with interaction between the well drawn and fully realized characters. The plot gets a little convoluted at times but the characters are so consistently interesting and the dialogue so witty and compelling that that conceit is hardly noticed.

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