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Bone in the Throat Paperback – September 18, 2000
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- Publisher : Bloomsbury USA; Later Printing edition (September 18, 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1582341028
- ISBN-13 : 978-1582341026
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.61 x 0.94 x 8.27 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #57,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Read the book A great story. I miss you Tony, Thanks for doing this.
372 KB / 304 pages
Suitable for eReaders: Yes
Murder mysteries are not my usual genre when I reach for fiction; however, I'd just finished reading Kitchen Confidential and enjoyed it, so added Bone in the Throat to my Kindle. While it's not the story I would have given to my Sunday School Teacher as a child, it is a story I'd have shared with my Drill Instructor.
This is his first novel and I think he did a pretty good job. It's set in a mobbed up restaurant in New York City. The language is a tad rough for the genteel set, but perfect for the story. I gave it 4 stars more for the publisher than the author. When it was translated from paper to electrons, a lot of formatting was lost, quotation marks dropped, the symbol for the British Pound found it's way into the story as a double, lower case 'l', nothing serious, but enough times (once is too much) to be irritating and cost points - for the publisher, not the author!
If you are a lover of metaphor, don't bother with this one. Bourdain tells the story straight out, with no creative flowery stuff. When he talks about the sex, it's straight out about the sex. When he talks about the murder it's well described in a few words, not drug out for paragraphs and pages. If the 'F' word offends thee, don't read this. But, do get a life.
Tommy is the sous-chef at the Dreadnought Restaurant. His dad disappeared when he was a kid (assumed mob hit) and his uncle, a wannabee Wise Guy, takes him under his wing and helps his sister, Tommy's mother, raise him. Tommy wants nothing to do with the mob or his uncle, he wants to be a chef, and avoids his uncle as much as possible. But Uncle Sal is, after all, family. And then Uncle Sal needs Tommy to do a favor for him, payback for the help, a simple favor that won't get him in trouble or cause him grief. Yeah. Right.
Tommy and his drugged out boss, the Chef, are now caught in the midst of an FBI operation, drug rehab and threats, Mob mentality, and, well, for a fun read, pick up the book. As stated above, this book does not fall into my usual fiction genre, and until I finished the last chapter, I wasn't sure I'd pick up another Bourdain novel, but I will.
Oh, and if you don't recognize at least one of the Mob Guys, you need to read or watch more news!
3 Feb 13
Addendum: I received a new Kindle Fire, and all of the formatting issues mentioned above are gone. I rated it 4 stars because of the formatting issues, and now change it to 5 stars. BUT, if you read on an older Kindle, you may encounter the same issues.
"Bone in the Throat" is a divertingly fun romp through Tony's New York--dark, gritty, often desperate, but with a distinctive hint of macabre humor that fans of "No Reservations" or "A Cook's Tour" will easily recognize. Bourdain pulls no punches here, giving us the good and the bad with equal honesty. His detailed descriptions of artfully prepared meals and the simple joy of cooking are interspersed with the harsh truth of a junkie's struggle to get clean, and both strike the reader as likewise realistic, a testament to Bourdain's own experiences as well as his talent at bringing both words and food to life.
The largest problem with this book is the lack of careful editing, an issue that's cropped up in a number of Kindle editions. Simple grammatical and spelling errors distract a reader at the worst possible moments. Don't let this alone stop you, though. Bourdain's writing is plenty strong to relegate the editing issues to nothing more that a nuisance.
Fans of "Kitchen Confidential," as well as Bourdain's Travel Channel shows will thoroughly enjoy this book, and readers of Carl Hiassen and Elmore Leonard ought to check it out as well.
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Otherwise a really good read and highly recommended.