RARA-AVIS: The next Elmore Leonard -- accroding to Library Journal

From: Frederick Zackel ( fzackel@wcnet.org)
Date: 17 Jun 2000

LEONARD, Elmore. Pagan Babies. Delacorte. Sept. 2000. 224p. ISBN 0-385-33392-7. $24.95. abridged. BDD Audio. ISBN 0-553-52751-7. $25.95. abridged. BDD Audio. ISBN 0-553-71228-4. $29.95. This novel opens with a tragedy -- Hutus storm a church and kill everyone but priest Terry Dunn, saying his first mass -- and then segues (rather incongruously, it seems) into what publicity calls "Leonard's funniest straight-faced novel to date." At home in Detroit to raise funds for Rwanda's orphans, Terry meets tough stand-up comic Debbie Dewey, on the lookout for a guy who conned her out of some big dough. Soon they're in cahoots, and Debbie learns that there is more to Terry than meets the eye.

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