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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,191 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elmore Leonard Narrator: Frank Muller Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2004 ISBN: 9780060783211
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Daredevil Dennis Lenahan has brought his act to the Tishomingo Lodge & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi—diving off an eighty-foot ladder into nine feet of water for the amusement of gamblers, gangsters, and luscious belles. His riskiest feat, however, was witnessing a Dixie-style mob execution while atop his diving platform.

Robert Taylor saw the hit also. A blues-loving Detroit hustler touring the Southland in a black Jaguar, Taylor's got his own secret agenda, and he wants Dennis in on the game. But there's a lot more in Robert Taylor's pocket than a photo of his lynched great-grandfather. And high-diver Dennis could be about to take a long, fatal fall - right into a mess of hoop skirts, Civil War play-acting…and more trouble than he ever dreamed possible.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The coolest, darkest, funniest, most serpentine and surprising thriller to date from ‘the best writer of crime fiction alive.’”

    Newsweek

  • “Sparkling with trademark ‘Dutch’ Leonard dialogue so sharp it could cut you, Tishomingo Blues is classic mystery, mayhem, and gritty noir fun.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • Tishomingo Blues is typical Elmore Leonard. Who could ask for anything more?”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Leonard delivers a certifiable masterpiece of such twisted ingenuity that he transcends even his own bad self...Tishomingo Blues is that good.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Pure entertainment.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 2/6/2014

    " Not my typical choice, but being from Memphis, related to locations in book. Enjoyed it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/4/2014

    " Typical Elmore Leonard. Reads almost like a screenplay "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 -ed- Erwin | 1/23/2014

    " This book is Leonard's joke on his fans. Just exactly how many characters can you introduce in a book and still try to make the plot work? He hit the limit here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Greenwell | 1/11/2014

    " Sharp, witty, clever, funny...perfect in its execution. Every time I start a long-winded fantasy novel, get 40 pages into it and chuck it away, I know I can rely on Mr Leonard to deliver the fictional goods. Allows me to keep the faith in fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J.D. | 1/5/2014

    " I am normally a huge Elmore Leonard fan, but this one fell flat for me for some reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 1/1/2014

    " Loved it, but then I love most of his stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jrobertus | 12/7/2013

    " This is Leonard at his best. Interesting characters and fast, witty dialogue. THe plot involves a professional high diver working at a casino in Mississippi. Does that sound unusual? Well it works just fine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 11/25/2013

    " Leonard has too many books to comment on, but this is one that stands out. Crazy themes, that in the end seem to always work out for Leonard. If you ask me, one of his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin Sanders | 11/24/2013

    " Leonard is up to his old tricks with realistic gangsters and likeable main characters but I had a hard time getting into all of the Civil War reinactments. If you can get through that it's a quick read and worth your time as is usually the case with Leonard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 11/21/2013

    " Listened to it on tape while working. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara Terry | 10/18/2013

    " I've always wanted to read an Elmore Leonard book because of the movies based on his stories. This was a good summer read, and explored the world of Civil War re-enacters so it was intriguing. It was a perfect beach/airplane read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 10/15/2013

    " Excellent book of short stories "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Patterson | 10/14/2013

    " I always read Elmore Leonard.A guaranteed good read.And he is the master of the art of writing dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerald | 4/22/2013

    " I enjoyed the writing, but didn't understand the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nate D | 1/17/2013

    " High-dive pulp. Not especially memorable, but decently characterized and briskly written as per Leonard's standard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 7/6/2012

    " Takes place in Tunica, Mississippi. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon Forward | 3/31/2012

    " Not Leonard's best, it doesn't help that the protagonist is little more than an observer for the most part, while the real interest lies in the (typically Leonardesque) cast of great supporting characters. A brisk and entertaining read nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 PJ | 1/22/2012

    " Not Elmore Leonard's best book.. it's a long way from "Get Shorty". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.C. | 11/1/2011

    " I love Elmore Leonard cause he writes real, nitty gritty hard core crime usually involving bad guys who are to inept to be considered hard core. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Swhite | 7/7/2011

    " strange and delicious! what a vivid imagination. entertaining read. cant compare the story to anything else i've ever read. not saying phenomenal...just very different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Reader's Bookshop | 7/6/2011

    " typically solid leonard novel. this one was supposed to be adapted into a film with Brad Pitt and Don Cheadle, but never happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/23/2011

    " This is the first Elmore Leonard book I've read. I will not wait so long next time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/21/2011

    " Another good one from Leonard, with just enough details about Mississippi casinos, Civil War reenactors, and stunt high diving to make the whole thing plausible, and offbeat. He might just be the go-to crime novelist for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessy | 1/6/2011

    " I LOVE the character development in all of Elmore Leonard's books...almost makes you feel as if you've met them/.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 12/9/2010

    " Elmore Leonard's sense of the way people speak is uncanny. Great dialogue. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 11/9/2010

    " Mildly entertaining novel by this overrated thriller writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek | 10/24/2010

    " This is Leonard at his best, and they don't come any better for crime/adventure books that speak quietly and cut like a serrated blade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Co2 | 10/22/2010

    " I think I would read a grocery list if Elmore Leonard wrote it with dialogue.
    My only problem with any Leonard book is that once I've committed to the language, then the characters, I can't stop.
    Dammit Elmore, I have to go to work tomorrow morning! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 8/22/2010

    " Excellent book of short stories "

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About the Author
Author Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard (1925–2013) wrote more than fifty books during his highly successful career, including the bestsellers Djibouti, Road Dogs, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories, When the Women Come Out to Dance. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. He was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America.

About the Narrator

Frank Muller (1951–2008) was an Audie and Earphones Award–winning narrator. A classically trained actor, Frank appeared on both television and the stage. His credits include Hamlet, The Crucible, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest, Law & Order, All My Children, and many, many more. In 1999 Frank was awarded the AudioFile Lifetime Achievement Award, the top honor in the audiobook community.