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Back to Blood

A Novel

Wolfe, Tom

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
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A colorful cast of residents and visitors to Miami go about their daily activities, both legal and illegal. The police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay with officer Nestor Camacho on board. Into the feverous landscape of the only city in the world where people from a different country with a different language and a different culture have taken over at the ballot box. This melting pot is full of hard cases who just won't melt, damn it. He introduces the Cuban mayor, the black police chief, a wanna-go-muckraking young journalist and his Yale-marinated editor of the Miami Herald, both WASPs who went to Yale; an Anglo sex-addiction psychiatrist and his lovely Latina nurse Magdalena by day, loin lock by night (until lately), and his star patient, a porn-addicted billionaire; a status-addled Haitian professor who thinks he's really French and wants his pale-skinned daughter, Ghislaine, to "pass" for white (she is the love of Nestor's life); and her Creole-spouting, black-gang-banger-stylin' little brother; as well as crack dealers in the 'hoods. Then there are the clueless collectors who "See it! Like it! Buy it!", spending tens of millions per minute on de-skilled art at the Miami Art Basel Fair; black drug dealers colliding with Cuban cops; "spectators" at the annual Columbus Day Biscayne Bay Regatta looking only for that night's annual après-race orgy; yenta-heavy ex-New Yorkers at an "Active Adult" condo, and a nest of shady Russians.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0316221791
9780316221795
0316036331
9780316036337
0316036315
9780316036313
Characteristics: x, 704 pages ;,25 cm

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This book was returned to Sheepshead Bay library.

Feb 17, 2014
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A very funny, insightful novel about various ethnic groups in Miami. The main character a 2nd generation Cuban police officer is very sympathetic as is the African American Chief of Police. The reader also meets Russian mob members, Haitians, and a very obnoxious social-climbing psychiatrist. It's a riot. Wolfe captures American societies like nobody else. Hooray.

Aug 03, 2013
  • susanchyn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Listened to audio book and found myself literally laughing out loud a dozen times. Very, very funny satire of just about everyone in Miami, including Yalies and snowbird Yentas.

Mar 02, 2013
  • PaigeWoodward rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This could have been written by anyone who writes bodice rippers or Hollywood exposes. Tom Wolfe does or did know how to write. Cynical cliche upon cynical cliche. Bah.

I loved this book. It reminds me all of the other great Tom Wolfe books, with great characters, and wonderful dialogue. If you have liked any of his other books, do read this one.

This book was better than reviews lead me to believe. It is novelized social commentary on Miami. I found it extremely interesting read that way as opposed to really looking for a strong story line.

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