(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Lieutenant Vincent Mora, a Miami police detective picks the sunny beaches of Puerto Rico as the ideal place to recuperate from gunshot wounds. One on his new-found beachside friends, a hooker called Iris, suddenly leaves for Atlantic City and just as suddenly winds up dead as the result of a plunge from a high-rise condominium. Mora flies to Atlantic City to identify the deceased, who just happened to be carrying his name and address when she hit the pavement.

To complicate Mora’s life, Teddy, an ex-convict and former rapist whom Mora helped convict, is nipping at his heels: armed, very crazy, and bent on getting even. These two plot lines are linked: Teddy knew Iris and has a doting mother who lives in Atlantic City.

Mora, the compulsive detective, stays on in Atlantic City to assist with the investigation and is quickly immersed in casino low life, where he meets an attractive singer, Linda Moon (who also had a brief acquaintance with the deceased) and an extensive cast of exciting characters. GLITZ has been described as Leonard’s best book, and it deserves that honor, but the same could be said of others among his many novels. That debate is best left to the army of Elmore Leonard fans. What is guaranteed is a good read. GLITZ is a book that gets the reader’s attention on page one and holds it right to the end.


Bloom, Harold. “Elmore Leonard.” In Modern Crime and Suspense...

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