18.6.13

DJIBOUTI, by Elmore Leonard

The master and creator of the modern genre in which he writes, this convoluted tale follows film documentary genius Dara Barr and her 72 year old cameraman Xavier LeBo, a 6’6” hottie, as they film Somali pirates at work and play in their own sun-blasted back yard. Enter Billy Wynn, Texas millionaire with a curious fixation on a liquefied gas tanker sitting under pirate control just offshore, and his long-suffering girlfriend Helene. Nobody does stone cold killer bettr than Leonard. As always, tiny subtle details can slip by you, and the tension builds up so slowly you don't know you're gasping for breath until you almost pass out. To be truthful, I’ve read far better Leonard, but it’s still great. It’s a 4.