Pagan Babies

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This article is about the novel. For the 1985 rock band, see Pagan Babies (band). For the 1986 Hardcore punk band, see Pagan Babies (hardcore punk).
Pagan Babies
Pagan Babies-book cover.jpg
Author Elmore Leonard
Country  United States
Language English
Publisher Delacorte Press
Publication date
2000
Media type Hardcover
Pages 263
ISBN 0-440-23506-5

Pagan Babies is a 2000 crime novel written by Elmore Leonard.

Plot summary[edit]

The novel begins in Rwanda. The protagonist is a priest named Terry Dunn. It is a few years after the genocide of the Tutsis by the Hutus.

Father Terry Dunn lives in Rwanda with his girlfriend Chantelle. He doesn't have qualms about substituting punishment for penance. If that means killing four Hutu murderers who slaughtered his Tutsi congregation, so be it. After being an instrument of divine wrath Dunn breaks camp and heads for Detroit. He wants to raise money for "Pagan Babies" — the children orphaned during the genocide.

Dunn's brother Fran specializes in lawsuits for personal injuries. He is helping Debbie, a woman who spent three years in jail for deliberately hitting her ex-husband Randy with a Ford Escort. Debbie is trying to have a career as a comedian. In the meantime we learn more about Terry's past and his problems with the IRS, which was the reason for his fleeing to Rwanda to help his uncle.

Debbie's ex-husband Randy now owns a restaurant and is involved with some of the same gangsters that Terry once knew. Debbie and Terry begin a relationship. Randy stole sixty-seven thousand dollars from Debbie and now it's only a matter of time before Debbie's desire for cold, hard cash and Dunn's fundraising for Rwandan orphans join forces in a carefully plotted financial assault on Randy. They want to receive a donation of 250.000 dollars from Tony Amilia, the local wise guy for the 'Pagan Babies'. Now in the Randy's restaurant all of the local wise guys, hit man, scam artists twist and twirl around each other for the money and for their lives. Who will survive...

Characters in Pagan Babies[edit]

  • Fr. Terry Dunn – Father
  • Fran Dunn – Terry's brother
  • Mary Pat – Fran's wife
  • Chantelle – Terry's Rwandan girlfriend
  • Laurent Kamweya – RPA officer
  • Tony Amilia – local wise guy
  • Johnny Pajonny – Terry's former crime partner
  • Vincent Moraco – Detroit wise guy
  • Debbie Dewey – ex-con and Terry's girlfriend
  • Randy Agley – Debbie's ex-husband
  • Searcy J bragg Jr aka "The Mutt" – hit man

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