The odd thing about Walter Schoen, German born but now running a butcher shop in Detroit, he's a dead ringer for Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS and the Gestapo. They even share the same birthday. Walter is a member of a spy ring that sends US war production data to Germany and gives shelter to escaped German prisoners of war. Honey Deal, Walter's American wife, has given up trying to make him over as a regular guy. She decides it's time to stop telling him jokes he doesn't understand and get a divorce. Along comes Carl Webster, the Hot Kid of the Marshals Service. He's looking for Jurgen Schrenk, a former Afrika Korps officer who escaped from a POW camp in Oklahoma. Carl uses Honey to meet Walter, who Carl believes is hiding Jurgen. He also meets Vera Mezwa, the nifty Ukrainian head of the spy ring, who's better looking than Mata Hari, and her tricky lover Bohdan, with the Buster Brown haircut and a sly way of killing. Honey's a free spirit; she likes the hot kid marshal and doesn't care much that he's married. But all Carl wants is to get Jurgen without getting shot. And then there's Otto - the Waffen-SS major who runs away with a nice Jewish girl.
It's Elmore Leonard's world: gritty, funny and full of surprises.
Elmore Leonard has written more than forty books during his phenomenal career, including the bestsellers Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool, Get Shorty and The Hot Kid. Many of his books have been made into successful movies, including Get Shorty with John Travolta, Out of Sight with George Clooney, Rum Punch (which became Tarantino's Jackie Brown and the forthcoming Killshot. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger.