By Elmore Leonard
Elmore Leonard, New York Times bestselling writer and "the hippest, funniest nationwide treasure in sight" (Washington Post), brings his trademark wit and inimitable variety to this twisting, gripping—and occasionally playful—tale of modern day piracy
Dara Barr, documentary filmmaker, is on the most sensible of her online game. She's coated the rape of Bosnian girls, neo-Nazi white supremacists, and post-Katrina New Orleans, and has received awards for all 3. Now, trying to find an even bigger problem, Dara and her right-hand-man, Xavier LeBo, a six-foot-six, seventy-two-year-old African American seafarer, head to Djibouti, at the Horn of Africa, to movie modern day pirates hijacking service provider ships.
They examine quickly sufficient that nearly nobody within the center East is who he appears to be like. the main winning pirate, riding his Mercedes round Djibouti, seems to be an excellent man, yet his buddy, a classy Saudi diplomat, has doubtful connections. Billy Wynn, a Texas billionaire, performs mysterious roles because the temper moves him. He's promised his female friend, Helene, a nifty style version, that he'll marry her if she doesn't turn into seasick or bored whereas circling the realm on his yacht. And there's Jama Raisuli, a black al Qaeda terrorist from Miami, who's vowed to explode whatever mammoth.
What Dara and Xavier need to come to a decision, along with the right way to remain alive: may still they shoot the motion as a documentary or flip it right into a Hollywood function movie?
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It was a longhead, naked and standing on a velvet couch. He was holding a candle which he moved slowly from right to left, tipping it over just enough to let a few globs of wax fall to the floor with each movement. ” Tommy got closer to the window and Jake then followed. Red Henry turned around in his chair. 44 “Well, would you look at that? ” Red Henry chuckled. Jake looked wide-eyed at him. “What do you mean? ” “A snapping turtle. Thing must have been a foot long. That guy was just holding it by its feet, dangling it over the floor.
Tommy threw his hands up. The car jerked to the right. He put his hands back on the wheel. “And you RAN out? Jesus Christ…” JORDAN KRALL “I’ve been in those situations before, I know what that fucking means. I’m not a complete idiot, you know. ” Jake looked at Tommy, waiting for an acknowledgement. Tommy kept his eyes on the road, careful not to get into an accident on the snowy, congested streets. ” As it came out of his mouth, he realized that his tone betrayed the message even though he believed that statement whole-heartedly.
Tommy held his hand up. ” He kept walking. Once they got to the door, they could hear the low thump of music, like a rapid heartbeat through the walls. ” Jake asked. “Gambling. Been here once, years ago with Joe Gurney. ” He opened the door and walked slowly in, cigarette smoke confronting them like a cloud. Through the smoke, they saw five tables set up in a circle each with a different casino game being played. In the middle of the circle was a small stage where tall, skinny women gyrated. All of the dancers were dressed in cowgirl outfits and wore Barbara Stanwyck masks, obviously the same ones that Jake and Tommy passed up at the ticket booth.
Djibouti: A Novel by Elmore Leonard