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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (1 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841953679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841953670
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 645,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A cross between The Sopranos and Baywatch; if you enjoyed Bourdain's debut novel Bone in the Throat, you'll love this one. Henry and Frances are the new Bonnie and Clyde - you'll be rooting for them all the way." (Crime Time)

"New York chef / crime writer Anthony Bourdain's characters are tough-talking, streetwise no-gooders who know there's more than one use for a meat cleaver . . . this makes for another deliciously dark comic creation." (GQ)

"A recipe for a plot that is delicious and hilarious." (The Times)

"A thoroughly enjoyable thriller with comic touches." (Time Out)

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From the bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential comes another sensational thriller --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Henry and Frances live on the beautiful island of St Maartin in the Caribbean. They are laid back and in love as professional assasins go, and are headed for trouble in paradise.
When Henry is paid to carry out a hit on Mafia Boss, Charles "Charlie Wagons" Iannello, by one of his croonies, Henry agrees. When the hit doesn't quite go to plan Henry is in for a big surprise when one year later his tropical hideaway is under siege by an ill tempered Irish Man, a transvestite gangster, numerous US Marshalls and the man he was supposed to hit in the first place.....
Best read on a sizzling beach holiday, extrememly well written and thouroughly enjoyable. As the author himself urges you to do when you get bored, "...have another beer, take a dip...have sex...read another chapter. And please. Get sand between the pages".
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By A Customer on 10 Sept. 2001
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Mr. Bourdain's story of amoral assasins, retired mafiosi and hedonism in the Carribean is a joy to read. Written with the same ear for dialogue and eye for local detail that distinguished Bone in the Throat, Gone Bamboo evokes Bourdain's love of the sensual and the sleazy. The book, like the unpasteurised cheeses that Mr. Bourdain rightly champions, might not appeal to the squeamish, but then such people don't really understand how to enjoy themselves anyway.
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Anthony Bourdain - of Kitchen Confidential fame - has made another good attempt at writing pulp fiction (he started with Bone in the throat), and like any well labeled tin of beans, it has exactly what it says on the tin. Mafiosos, hitmen, French government agents, exotic settings and a lacing of food and spirits to keep with the author's background.
Serve with a chilled daiquiri on a tropical beach. Will not cause brain brain constipation or any other discomfort. In fact, will pass right through.
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After reading Anthony Bourdain's cook books I thought he must be worth a read in fiction - I was not disappointed. Brilliant writing.
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By A. Ross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Feb. 2003
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A rather disappointing sequel to Bone in the Throat, this mob caper never achieves the breezy good humor of the Bourdain's debut. The story leaves New York behind, and takes place on a Caribbean island where a semi-retired hit man and his moll lay about all day. Unlike the previous book, there aren't really any likable characters to be found, which makes caring about anything in the book a bit difficult. Having left his area of expertise (the kitchen) behind, Bourdain struggles to recreate a kind of Elmore Leonardesque wacky mobster story. This never really works very well, although there are some interesting characters in the Elmore Leonard mold (a crossdressing mobster and a legendary ancient French commando being two), and some offbeat happenings, but the climax is wholly unsatisfying. One redeeming aspect is that Bourdain doesn't shy away from killing some of the characters you least suspect will die. Still, it's a steep step down from his excellent debut. After this, Bourdain turned to nonfiction, with the bestselling Kitchen Confidential and A Cook's Tour, before returning to the crime genre with The Bobby Gold Stories.
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