Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Cat Chaser, by Elmore Leonard

(hb; 1982)

From the inside flap:

"One of the stupidest things George Moran ever did was fall in love with the wife of a Miami millionaire. The ex-Marine should have known better, but there's something about beauty and money and that seductive Miami heat that sizzles the brain and throws common sense out with the tide. Add in a con that puts Moran smack in the crossfire, and there's trouble, the kind even an ex-leatherneck knows is going to be tough to handle."


All of Leonard's best crime-novel trademarks are here: slick action-pacing; snappy dialogue; characters whose intentions (at best) are murky; and plenty of who's-zooming-who twists that leave the reader guessing what's really going on until the end. Add to that a finish that's reminiscent of a Mickey Spillane tale, and you've got a sure-fire winner.

Check this out.

The movie version, lensed in 1989, premiered on video stateside on October 2, 1991.

Abel Ferrara directed the film. One of his lesser efforts, it was strictly a director-for-hire gig.

Peter Weller played George Moran. Kelly McGillis played Mary DeBoya. Charles Durning played Jiggs Scully. Frederic Forrest played Nolen Tyner. Tomas Milian played Andres DeBoya. Juan Fernández played Rafi. Kelly Jo Minter played Loret. Maria M. Ruperto (aka, Millie Ruperto) played Luci Palma. Phil Leeds played Jerry Shea. Tony Bolano played Corky.

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