Published: March 4, 2010
Leonard’s second effort establishes him as a genuinely gifted storyteller. Although the book is similar in many ways to the hard-edged, witty, character-driven novels of Leonard’s father, Elmore, it has its own voice and its own stylistic flourishes. In this fast-paced, elaborately plotted tale, a woman concocts a scheme to retrieve $300,000 from an ex-boyfriend, but she doesn’t count on the wrath of an angry thug, her boyfriend’s scheming nephew, or a pair of hitmen with their own plans for that 300 grand. While the cachet of the author’s more famous father should guarantee the novel plenty of interest, it’s Peter Leonard’s own talent that shines through here. In Time, if you find yourself referring to “that really cool mystery writer, Leonard,” you might have to explain which one you’re talking about.
Razor-sharp dialogue and a plot that races like a souped-up Mercury Cruiser; from turbocharged start to explosive finish. Brilliant.
Leonard is his own man, and while he might mine the same mountain as his father, Elmore, he is fully capable of telling his own stories, and telling them well. Trust me.
Twists jump out from behind many pages which just add to the delight of Trust Me. It’s fast paced and with a great ending.
Elmore Leonard is a tough act to follow, but son Peter is off to a terrific start. TRUST ME is fast, sly and full of twists. Clearly, great storytelling runs in the Leonard family’s DNA.
So far, “Trust Me” ranks as the thriller of the year. Trust me.
Trust Me is a very cinematic type of novel in the sense that one imagines what it might be like on the big screen, with scenes already playing in the theatre of the imagination. And that would be a couple of hours worth spending in the dark.