Pagan Babies

Pagan Babies

[a Novel]

Book - 2000
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Pagan Babies is classic crime fiction from the master of suspense, New York Times bestselling author Elmore Leonard.

Father Terry Dunn thought he'd seen everything on the mean streets of Detroit, but that was before he went on a little retreat to Rwanda to evade a tax-fraud indictment. Now the whiskey-drinking, Nine Inch Nails T-shirt-wearing padre is back trying to hustle up a score to help the little orphans of Rwanda.

But the fund-raising gets complicated when a former tattletale cohort pops up on Terry's tail. And then there's the lovely Debbie Dewey. A freshly sprung ex-con turned stand-up comic, Debbie needs some fast cash, too, to settle an old score. Now they're in together for a bigger payoff than either could finagle alone. After all, it makes sense...unless Father Terry is working a con of his own.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2000.
ISBN: 9780062266019
9780385333924
0385333927
Branch Call Number: FICTION LEO

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Waluconis
Feb 04, 2018

Elmore Leonard has the smartest and funniest dialogue. This amazingly finishes as a moral late-coming-of-age novel. In the meantime it is Leonard page turner with a Detroit setting, a classic American city he knows well. You feel you have talked with his characters as you get to know them.

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lukasevansherman
May 05, 2015

"I remember in grade school there'd be a jar in the classroom and a sign that said FOR THE PAGAN BABIES, and we'd put change in it left from our lunch money."
Late Elmore Leonard novel that while using a familiar crime scenario, also engages with larger historical issues, in this case the 1994 Rwandan genocide. His jaded, but moral priest protagonist could've stepped out of a Graham Greene book. "Cuba Libre" and "Cat Chaser" are other novels in a similar vein. Always an entertaining read from one of our great crime writers.

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