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 re the "Cornbread Cosa Nostra," 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 playacting . . . and more trouble than he ever dreamed possible.
About the Author
After 30 years writing westerns and crime novels, Elmore Leonard finally started to get somewhere. "Author Discovered After 23 Books," The New York Times said in 1983, referring to his Edgar Award-winning novel LaBrava. Since then, Leonard's tack-sharp dialogue and comic underworld characters have been drawing accolades and an ever growing base of fans.
"God bless Elmore Leonard. Grade: A."--Entertainment Weekly
"Pure gold."--Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
"The hottest thriller writer in the U. S."--Time
"Elmore Leonard . . . has been imitated by many but remains the original."--Wall Street Journal
"Pure entertainment."--Booklist (starred review)
"Pure reading pleasure."--Playboy
"The coolest, hottest thriller writer in America."--Chicago Tribune
"America's greatest crime writer."--Newsweek
"The tentacles of Elmore's style pull you in like a giant octopus. There's no escape till the last page."--Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith