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Publisher's Summary

A hilarious thriller that pits a CIA-trained assassin against a cross-dressing mafioso.

Henry and his wife, Frances, have gone bamboo - living an idyllic, tequila-drenched life as two of the Caribbean's most charming expatriates (and professional assassins). But when Charlie "Wagons" Iannello, a powerful capo with a heart of gold, is relocated to the island under the Federal Witness Protection Program, Henry and Frances' plan suddenly, dangerously falls apart. Now, despite the fact that Henry once tried to kill Charlie, the two join forces against the transvestite mob boss looking to ace Charlie, and the scene is set for an unpredictable tale of low life and high comedy.

©1997 Anthony Bourdain (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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while I'm sure it was intended, there are no interesting characters in this book. The plot is at first a bit childish and violent, and later utterly forgettable. stick to Bourdain's nonfiction.

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First book of Anthony's I have read. Pretty interesting. Kind of a look into something he was interested in. I think the writing was pretty deceng、 it was entertaining. Voice performance wasgood.

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  • 10-28-20

Early Bourdain Escapism

If you are a fan of Bourdain's Bone in the Throat or The Bobby Gold Stories then Gone Bamboo will strike an accord, No it's not going to win any literary prizes but the book oozes Bourdain's writing style with dysfunctional but memorable characters and a take on life that's totally foreign to the majority of readers. There are elements of frustration and plot disconnects - Bourdain, in his introduction states these facts. Irrespective, the story is fun with characters that are real and unreal at the same time. Take the book at face value and enjoy.