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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Non voglio pensare a questo, adesso - disse decisamente. - Se ci penso, mi conturbo troppo. Non vi è ragione che le cose non vadano come io desidero... se Ashley mi ama; e so che mi ama! Sollevò il mento e i suoi occhi dalle lunghe ciglia nere brillarono nel chiaro di luna. Elena non le aveva mai detto che desiderio e raggiungimento sono due cose diverse; la vita non le aveva insegnato che il correre non sempre significa raggiungere il palio. Rimase nella luce argentea col coraggio che si rafforzava sempre più e facendo i progetti che una sedicenne può fare quando la vita è sempre stata per lei così piacevole che ogni sconfitta pare impossibile, e un bell'abito e una fresca carnagione sono per lei le armi che vincono il destino.

Elena si era avvicinata al caminetto per prendere il suo rosario dalla scatoletta in cui era sempre, quando Mammy parlò con fermezza. - Andare a preparare qualche cosa e tu mangerai, - disse Mammy con la fronte aggrottata per l'indignazione; e si avviò per il vestibolo verso la cucina. - Pork, dire a cuoca di preparare piatti. Mentre le assi del pavimento scricchiolavano sotto il suo peso, il soliloquio che aveva cominciato a borbottare quando era entrata, diventò più forte ed intelligibile, giungendo chiaramente alle orecchie della famiglia nella stanza da pranzo.

Certo non le verrebbe neanche in mente di dirgli audacemente che lo amava; questo no. Ma questo era un particolare che non la turbava. Aveva già sbrogliato simili situazioni altre volte e lo farebbe ancora. A letto, col chiaro di luna che la bagnava tutta, si figurò la scena. Vedeva l'espressione di sorpresa e di felicità che gli illuminerebbe il volto nel momento in cui Ashley avrebbe compreso che ella lo amava, e udiva le parole che egli le direbbe chiedendole di essere sua moglie. Naturalmente essa gli risponderebbe che non poteva pensare a sposare un uomo che era fidanzato con un'altra, ma egli insisterebbe; e finalmente lei si lascerebbe persuadere.

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