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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Book Review: Bone in the Throat

Title: Bone in the Throat
Author: Anthony Bourdain
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Culinary
Publication: 2000
Rating: 1/5

When up-and-coming chef Tommy Pagana settles for a less than glamorous stint at his uncle's restaurant in Manhattan's Little Italy, he unwittingly finds himself a partner in big-time crime. And when the mob decides to use the kitchen for a murder, nothing Tommy learned in cooking school has prepared him for what happens next. With the FBI on one side, and his eccentric wise guy superiors on the other, Tommy has to struggle to do right by his conscience, and to avoid getting killed in the meantime. 

I like Anthony Bourdain as a chef and I like his TV shows. I got this book because I was curious to know how Bourdain would write a fiction. Besides, I always love a culinary/food related mystery/crime/thriller books. 

However, I’m sorry to say that I was greatly disappointed with this book. The pace is slow, the dialogue is poor and boring and the characters are poorly constructed. I had a hard time keeping track of what’s going on and who the characters are. There was nothing special about the characters. It’s like they didn’t have their own personality. 

I was annoyed to see that almost everyone in this book used foul languages. There are too much unnecessary details and parts where I deemed that it would be better if it wasn’t there. I’m sorry Bourdain. I don’t think that I’m going to read another fiction from you :(

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