Freaky Deaky

  • by Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by Frank Muller
  • 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

He used to be on the bomb squad, but it's not until he transfers out that Chris Mankowski really begins juggling with dynamite. Rape and revenge are just the tip of the iceberg in a twisty tale that brings Detroit's denizens to life - and occasional death - in all their seedy glory. Electrifying, explosive, and unexpected, this is Elmore Leonard at his suspenseful best.

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Spun me like a drunk dervish

β€œIt doesn't have to make sense, it just has to sound like it does.”
― Elmore Leonard, Freaky Deaky

"I don't see how you endure those people, and endure group effort, and endure conferences and stupid revision requests and kindred bullshit. Please write the Hollywood book and kill them off in ugly ways."
-- John D. MacDonald in a letter to Elmore Leonard in 1986

A fun, but messy, Elmore Leonard Detroit novel. While technically set in Detroit it has the feel of a California/Hollywood novel. I'm not sure exactly why, but between the actors, movies, pills, acid, trust funds, and ex-hippies this book might smell like Leonard's Detroit, but it rubs you hot and raw just like LA.

Almost the entire cast of this book are former 1960s peaceniks, including Chris Mankowski the cool and calm, probationed police protagonist. I could probably dicker with Elmore Leonard's lax attitudes towards rape and money, but for the most part, that is just bitching about a pit in pretty sweet peach. I liked the book, even when the plot was spinning me like a drunk dervish.
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- Darwin8u "I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^"

Wowee! What a ride!

I just finished listening to Freaky Deaky, and there is a smile on my face as wide as the room I'm in. You just cannot have a better combination than Frank Muller and Elmore Leonard. Both artists with immense gifts, extraordinary skills and so prolific that we are honored to be able to listen to so much of their work. This book is set in Detroit, as many of Leonard's books have been. Both he and Mr. Muller know their territory back and forth. Our hero is Chris Mankowski, a suspended Detroit PD bomb expert. Our criminals are three; a man named Donell, a woman named Robin and a guy named Skip. Chris also meets and falls for an actress named Greta. The potential patsy of the piece is a pathetic multi-millionaire named Woody. Mr. Leonard takes his usual time setting the stage, but by the last five or six chapters the thing picks up speed and literally races to the finish. There is no way on earth that you can predict any part of the end, even if you've read dozens of Mr. Leonard's books. He is so inventive that words sorta fail me (sorta). It is hard to imagine having a whole lot more fun listening to an audio book than you get from listening to one of the Leonard-Muller collaborations. The twists and turns, Frank's absolute mastery of what he does, the quick pieces of dialogue with which Mr. Leonard creates these characters: what a pleasure! I can't guarantee that you will love this, which is too bad. I'd like to. These two guys are on top of the heap.
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- Richard Delman "I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-10-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio