Bone In The Throat Paperback – 17 Apr 2008
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There is one thing in the world that Tony Pagano cares about passionately--learning to make great, food under the guidance of a great, if drug-addicted, chef. But it is not as easy as that--the FBI are never convinced that being part of a crime family means only being their relation, nor is Tony's uncle Salvatore "Sally Wig" Patera. It was Sally Wig who got Tony his current job, and even a favoured nephew owes the odd favour back--when Sally and his pals borrow Tony's kitchen to kill and dismember an enemy, they ruin the chef's best knife and Tony's peace of mind. What makes A Bone in the Throat such an effective gangland thriller is that its hero is as much at an angle to the universe as the posturing bullies he is trying to avoid; he cares about family loyalty, of course he does, but his ultimate obsessive loyalty is to great cuisine. Snappy dialogue and convincing outbreaks of quite horrid violence make this an intelligent thriller of Brooklyn and New York skullduggery; it is Tony and his yearning to be free to cook that makes it memorable. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Gangster fiction to feast on." (Independent)
"Raw and cooking. Rare and well-done." (AA Gill)
"A superb tale of violence and backbiting set in the seething testosterone-heavy company of a crew of New York cooks, and simply towers head, shoulders and upper torso above everything else." (GQ)
"Wonderful fun, a perfect book to read at the beach." (Michael Crichton New York Times Book Review)
"A recipe for a very good read." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Sharp, funny . . . if it's gangster rap you want to read then Bourdain is your man." (Express)
"The snappy wise-guy dialogue is as sharp as the kitchen implements Bourdain puts to grisly use . . . The result is a saucy, spicy caper that slips down as easy as a sidewalk hotdog." (Richard Rogers Observer Review 2008-05-04)
"Coming on like a cross between Nick Tosches and The Sopranos, chef Anthony Bourdain proves himself as adept with a pen as he is with the knife - no reservations." (Cathi Unsworth Guardian Review 2008-05-10)
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If you like that sentence, you'll probably like this breezy and very gory debut which weaves cuisine and wiseguys into a satisfying little crime novel. The story concerns Brooklyn sous-chef Tommy, who is caught between mobster family members and the feds. All he wants to do is be left alone to cook, but people getting whacked, tortured, and dismembered keep interrupting him. Bourdain does a great job of both incorporating all his kitchen insider knowledge and the rhythm of mobster conversation and lingo into a fast moving pageturner.
This debut was closely followed by the much less satisfying Gone Bamboo, which picks up where this leaves off. Bourdain then turned to nonfiction, before returning to the crime genre with the brand new book The Bobby Gold Stories.
Suspense and horror are leavened throughout by humor, which comes mainly from absurdities--a hitman standing naked while he dismembers a body in order to protect his clothes, a chef upset because someone used his kitchen knife instead of a boning knife, a mobster telling a hitman that his actions were "bush." This is primarily a fast-paced story of murder and mayhem, with humor on the side and lots of insights into the restaurant business. Local color, realistic-sounding (and often funny) wise-guy dialogue, an engaging main character with whom we sympathize, and investigators who are sometimes as venal as the men they investigate will keep you reading well into the night. Mary Whipple
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