By Elmore Leonard
Diamond Dagger for Lifetime success Award from the Crime Writers’ Association
Grand grasp Award from secret Writers of America
After one triumph and one flop, Mafia loanshark-turned-Hollywood manufacturer Chili Palmer is determined for an additional hit...of the celluloid kind. And while a equally relocated former mob affiliate takes successful of the bullet-in-the-brain type whereas they're power-lunching, Chili starts off to work out every kind of tale probabilities. The whacked recording corporation mogul's noon loss of life is best Chili into the twisted global of rock stars, pop divas, and hip-hop gangstas, that is rife with drama, jealousy, and betrayal -- all of the stuff that makes monstrous field workplace. Tinsel city had greater take hide, simply because Chili Palmer's engaged on one other motion picture. And that's while humans are likely to die.
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