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Title:
Djibouti
Author:
Leonard, Elmore, 1925-2013.
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Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper Audio, [2010]

â„—2010
Physical Description:
7 audio discs (8.25 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
A filmmaker and her rugged, experienced assistant brave the dangers of the Indian Ocean in a 30-foot boat to make a documentary about pirate life off the coast of West Africa.
General Note:
Unabridged.

Compact disc, digital recording.

Duration: 8:15:00.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780062008503
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Audiobook on CD

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New York Times bestselling author Elmore Leonard brings his trademark wit and inimitable style to this twisting, gripping-and sometimes playful-tale of modern-day piracy

Dara Barr, documentary filmmaker, is at the top of her game. Looking for a bigger challenge, Dara and her right-hand-man, Xavier LeBo, head to Djibouti to film modern-day pirates hijacking merchant ships.

They learn soon enough that almost no one in the Middle East is who he seems to be. The most successful pirate, driving his Mercedes around Djibouti, appears to be a good guy, but his pal, a cultured Saudi diplomat, has dubious connections. Billy Wynn, a Texas billionaire, plays mysterious roles as the mood strikes him. And there's Jama Raisuli, a black al Qaeda terrorist from Miami, who's vowed to blow up something big. What Dara and Xavier have to decide, besides the best way to stay alive: Should they shoot the action as a documentary or turn it into a Hollywood feature film?


Author Notes

Elmore John Leonard, Jr. 10/11/25 -- 8/20/13 Elmore John Leonard, Jr., popularly known as mystery and western writer Elmore Leonard, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 11, 1925. He served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1943 to 1946. He received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Detroit in 1950. After graduating, he wrote short stories and western novels as well as advertising and education film scripts. In 1967, he began to write full-time and received several awards including the 1977 Western Writers of America award and the 1984 Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe award. His other works include Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, 3:10 to Yuma, and Rum Punch. Many of his works were adapted into movies.

Library of America recently announced plans to publish the first of a three-volume collection of his books beginning in the Fall of 2014. Leonard died on August 20, 2013 from complications of a stroke he had earlier. He was 87 years old.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Crime fiction grand master Leonard, who turns 85 in October, remains in top form. He has a new publisher and a new subject Somalian pirates but all the signature Leonard elements are shining as brightly as ever: the back-and-forth banter, always oozing wit but never too smart for the room; the cast of wonderfully idiosyncratic characters, each capable of a star turn; the always startling juxtaposition of the mundane against the violent. This time, mixed in with all of that, Leonard gives us one of his trickiest plots and cleverest turns of storytelling. Dara Barr is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, recently arrived in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa (the gateway to Islam . . . or the back door to the West) to film Somalian pirates in action. With her assistant, a 72-year-old sailor named Xavier, Dara, armed with a concealed spy camera, sets off onboard the Buster in search of pirates. She finds plenty, but she and Xavier also land in the middle of an al-Qaeda plot to blow up a tanker loaded with liquefied natural gas. Portions of the tale are related in real time, but much of the narration comes in the form of Dara and Xavier viewing film of what's already happened and debating how to structure the documentary. This curious dramatic technique works magnificently, taking us inside the characters in a way that straight, action-oriented narration might not do. Leonard never tells a story in the expected way, but this time he outdoes himself. Marvelous entertainment.--Ott, Bill Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Leonard (Road Dogs) goes exotic with this eventually killer story of contemporary piracy set on the horn of Africa. Dara Barr, a documentary filmmaker newly arrived in Djibouti to make a film about pirates as a follow-up to her Oscar-winning Katrina documentary, and Dara's savvy friend and fixer, Xavier, stumble into a thicket of intrigue before the two are on the open water. Rogues they encounter include a "whirlwind Texas entrepreneur" sailing around the world; a crooked diplomat in league with a charismatic pirate, both eyeing a payday; and a pair of kidnapped al-Qaeda operatives, one an American citizen with a bounty on his head. Everyone has an angle or two, and once the plots stumble through an awkward first third, Leonard's hallmark breakneck pacing, crackling dialogue, and scalpel-sharp prose kick in. Seasoned Leonard readers will see some grays poking through-this at times reads like a quite good imitation of an Elmore Leonard novel-but it still beats the pants off of most of the competition. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Start with documentary filmmaker Dara Barr and her right-hand man, Xavier, as they embark on her latest project, a "doc" on modern-day pirates operating out of Somalia. Add to this, each with his or her own agenda, a billionaire yachtsman, the French model he's considering making his wife, a stylish pirate, a British/Saudi fixer, and two al Qaeda members, one of whom also happens to be a convicted American felon, and stir in liberal amounts of champagne, martinis, and khat. Serve the whole thing up with humor, action, and a tanker of liquefied natural gas and what began as a documentary becomes a treatment for an action blockbuster in the novel-and most likely in real life. Verdict Leonard's 44th novel gets a one-day laydown the day after his 85th birthday on October 11 and a media blitz to match. This is exactly the sort of book that inspired the phrase "review proof." Luckily for Leonard and crime fiction fans, he really cooks with gas here. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/10; 200,000-copy first printing; HarperCollins is also publishing in October Leonard's Comfort to the Enemy and Other Carl Webster Stories, LJ 10/1/10.-Ed.]-Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Lib., Wisconsin Rapids (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.