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Publisher's Summary

A wildly funny, irreverent tale of murder, mayhem, and the mob.

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 avoid getting killed in the meantime....

Stuffed with charming characters and peppered with Bourdain's wry humor, Bone in the Throat is one satisfying feast of a novel.

©2008 Anthony Bourdain (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Very unique culinary-based mafia story

I highly enjoyed this story. The characters were well written and the story was different than what I'm used to. It was about a mafia family with one good egg on the tree who turned out to be a sous chef and the hero of the story. It brought me back the days where I was s cook. I learned new ways to use kitchen utensils for self defense or for murders. I also learned a bit about past drug purchasing methods in NY city. Not a book for people who can't tolerate offensive language or gory imagery. Bourdain was a much better writer than I predicted he would be.

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awesomeness

loved it such a fun book
the last bit is great a real good book for chefs who love a good story

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Anthony is the Quentin Tarantino off foodies...?

What a weird and awesome pairing of subjects. Much like Bourdain himself... Never sugar coated, from classy snobbery to seedy underbelly...

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His fiction has such an element of reality, from experience. It really keeps the reader/listener rooting for the "Boys"!

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Fun listen

it kept my attention throughout and the reader was expressive in his narration. Loved the book

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Great story

love all the cooking references and in Bourdain's narrative voice. great descriptive story about new York crime

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mob in the restaurant business is very entertainin

loved it! wish it would have been Tony's voice but great story. begging was a little slow but it was great up to the end

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the butcher and the sous chef

If you like"The Kinkster" ( Kinky Freidman) you will like this. I do and I did. A mini mafia tale with some characters that are both funny and crazy not too mention killers. Love the kitchen scenes and I must have one of those knives......

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Not as bad as the reviews say.

A bit disappointing in the intensity of the climatic scene. But fairly interesting description s of the details of a heroin den and the backside of some shady restaurants as informed by (from his other biographic works) bourdains own experience in both circumstances.

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Not at all the “wildly funny” tale as advertised

From the publisher’s summary, I thought I’d be getting a dark-mafia comedy along the lines of The Whole Nine Yards or The Freshman (with Brando and Broderick). Instead, it was like The Sopranos, if it was told from the point of view of a wannabe made-man’s nephew who works as a chef trying to keep his head down and his life away from the mob. The summary claims this is a “wildly funny, irreverent tale of murder, mayhem, and the mob.” This was not funny at all, unless your idea of humor includes mob violence (knee capping, faces into meat grinders, cherry bombs in mouths), drugs (from seedy dens to addiction), and detailed explanations about the restaurant business. The narrator embraced mafia accents and F bomb-laden writing with gusto. Unfortunately, all that did was further repel me from this book. This was not the “wildly funny, irreverent” story I was looking for.

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Absolutely brilliant.Loved it .Wish you were here

Loved it .Read all his books .this was the last read his first last .Briliant loved it .Wish you was here .