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Titel: Up in Honey's Room
Verlag: Weidenfield and Nicolson, London
Zustand: Very Good
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good
Art des Buches: Used
Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A few marks and scores on dust jacket. Upper leading corners of jacket are slightly worn. Hardcover and jacket spine ends are a little bumped. Binding is intact, contents are clean and clear. AM. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 294102
The odd thing about Walter Schoen, German born but now running a butcher shop in Detroit, he's a dead ringer for Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS and the Gestapo. They even share the same birthday. Walter is a member of a spy ring that sends US war production data to Germany and gives shelter to escaped German prisoners of war.
Honey Deal, Walter's American wife, has given up trying to make him over as a regular guy. She decides it's time to stop telling him jokes he doesn't understand and get a divorce.
Along comes Carl Webster, the Hot Kid of the Marshals Service. He's looking for Jurgen Schrenk, a former Afrika Korps officer who escaped from a POW camp in Oklahoma. Carl uses Honey to meet Walter, who Carl believes is hiding Jurgen. He also meets Vera Mezwa, the nifty Ukrainian head of the spy ring, who's better looking than Mata Hari, and her tricky lover Bohdan, with the Buster Brown haircut and a sly way of killing.
Honey's a free spirit; she likes the hot kid marshal and doesn't care much that he's married. But all Carl wants is to get Jurgen without getting shot.
And then there's Otto - the Waffen-SS major who runs away with a nice Jewish girl. It's Elmore Leonard's world: gritty, funny and full of surprises.
Leonard's inimitable stylish narrative brings this collection of bizarre characters together into an entertaining, if slighter than usual tale. (Susanna Yager THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
As usual, Leonard has you really caring about people who, if you met them in real life, you'd run a mile from. It's just brilliant. (Jake Kerridge THE DAILY TELEGRAPH)
while everything is scabrously funny and entertaining, he is still able to incorporate issues of personal morality and commitment. (Barry Forshaw THE DAILY EXPRESS)
Another stunning, relaxed, amusing and exhilarating book from the master of American crime writing. (Matthew Lewin THE GUARDIAN)
He writes with an exuberance of an author half his age. (Allan Laing THE HERALD)
Leonard is still in great form after more than 40 novels, and UP IN HONEY'S ROOM doesn't disappoint. His seedy wartime Detroit with its twists and double-crosses is brought to life with humour and pace in this exhilarating piece of noir fiction. (Chaz Folkes THE FINANCIAL TIMES)
the dialogue is as imaginative, unpredictable and witty as we have come to expect from Leonard. (Marcel Berlins THE TIMES)
This is a book which is both funny and gritty and of course, impeccably written. (George Byrne THE DUBLIN EVENING HERALD)
a razor-sharp crime novel that will not be surpassed this year. (Hugo Hutchison THE BIG ISSUE)
it's the cracking dialogue that leads and set the pace. (Allan Laing THE HERALD)
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