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Famed film producer Chili Palmer is lunching at an upscale L.A. restaurant with Tommy Athens, a former business associate of Chili's from Miami who is now a small-time record-promoter and road-manager.
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While on his way to the men's room, Chili manages to be in the perfect position to see a man wearing a very bad wig shoot Tommy to death.

Sensing that this may be the makings of his next feature film, Chili steps in and offers to take over the day-to-day operation of the business from Tommy's widow.

While working in his new post as a record promoter, Chili meets Linda Moon, a talented singer doing Spice Girl songs in seedy clubs. Appointing himself Linda's new manager, Chili decides to help her group hit the big time, solve Tommy's murder, and make the whole thing into a blockbuster film.

There are only a few, minor problems with this scenario:
-Raji, Linda's former manager, and Eliot, his bisexual Samoan bodyguard, who aren't about to let go of talent like Linda,
-A gang of Russian goons trying to shake down anybody with a pulse, and...
-Rope-a-Dope, a violent band of gangsta rappers represented by Tommy's company, who feel that they are owed a substantial sum of money by somebody, and aren't ashamed to ask for it.

The review of this Book prepared by James Craver

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   20% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   running a business/making a living Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   perforation--bullets    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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