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As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay-with officer Nestor Camacho on board-Tom Wolfe is off and running. Into the feverous landscape of the city, he introduces the Cuban mayor, the black police chief, a wanna-go-muckraking young journalist and his Yale-marinated editor; an Anglo sex-addiction psychiatrist and his Latina nurse by day, loin lock by night-until ...

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Overview

A big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now.

As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay-with officer Nestor Camacho on board-Tom Wolfe is off and running. Into the feverous landscape of the city, he introduces the Cuban mayor, the black police chief, a wanna-go-muckraking young journalist and his Yale-marinated editor; an Anglo sex-addiction psychiatrist and his Latina nurse by day, loin lock by night-until lately, the love of Nestor's life; a refined, and oh-so-light-skinned young woman from Haiti and her Creole-spouting, black-gang-banger-stylin' little brother; a billionaire porn addict, crack dealers in the 'hoods, "de-skilled" conceptual artists at the Miami Art Basel Fair, "spectators" at the annual Biscayne Bay regatta looking only for that night's orgy, yenta-heavy ex-New Yorkers at an "Active Adult" condo, and a nest of shady Russians. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous bestselling novels, BACK TO BLOOD is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

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Editorial Reviews

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Tom Wolfe's first novel in eight years focuses on Miami's Biscayne Bay with its swirling stew of race, class, and sex. The author behind The Bonfire of the Vanities and I Am Charlotte Simmons had not lost his gift for panoramic presentation; Back to Blood surges with its large ensemble cast of Floridians and immigrants with mixed histories and conflicting agendas. This sun-bronzed band of sailors, crack dealers, art enthusiasts, porn addicts, insomniacs, and love-struck romantics keep the fiction bristling with meaning even as the action moves forward. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

Michael Dirda
Brilliant...I couldn't stop reading it....Tom Wolfe can make words dance and sing and perform circus tricks, he can make the reader sigh with pleasure.
Washington Post
Lev Grossman
I Am Charlotte Simmons (2004):

"Wolfe is one of the greatest literary stylists and social observers of our much observed postmodern era....A rich, wise, absorbing, and irresistible novel.
Time

Lev Grossman - Time Magazine
I Am Charlotte Simmons (2004):

"Wolfe is one of the greatest literary stylists and social observers of our much observed postmodern era....A rich, wise, absorbing, and irresistible novel.

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PRAISE FOR TOM WOLFE:

Bonfire of the Vanities (1987):

"A big, bitter, funny, craftily plotted book that grabs you by the lapels and won't let go."—New York Times Book Review

"A superb human comedy and the first novel ever to get contemporary New York, in all its arrogance and shame and heterogeneity and insularity, exactly right."—Washington Post Book World

A Man in Full (1998):

"The novel contains passages as powerful and as beautiful as anything written—not merely by contemporary American novelists but by any American novelist....The book is as funny as anything Wolfe has ever written; at the same time it is also deeply, strangely affecting."—New York Times Book Review

I Am Charlotte Simmons (2004):

"Wolfe is one of the greatest literary stylists and social observers of our much observed postmodern era....A rich, wise, absorbing, and irresistible novel."—Lev Grossman, Time

"Wolfe's dialogue is some of the finest in literature, not just fast but deep. He hears the cacophony of our modern lives."—Los Angeles Times

"Brilliant...I couldn't stop reading it....Tom Wolfe can make words dance and sing and perform circus tricks, he can make the reader sigh with pleasure."—Michael Dirda, Washington Post

The New York Times
What holds our attention in Back to Blood…are Mr. Wolfe's two main characters: Nestor Camacho…and his former girlfriend Magdalena…Although Mr. Wolfe can be patronizing toward this pair, mocking them for their ignorance and naïveté, he also portrays them with genuine sympathy, using their earnest idealism as a prism by which to view the pretensions, social climbing and Machiavellian manipulation that burbles all around them. Nestor and Magdalena show that…Mr. Wolfe has been able to build upon the advances he made in creating flesh-and-blood people in A Man in Full (1998)—people who are not defined simply by their clothes, cars and verbal idiosyncrasies, but who actually possess something resembling an inner life.
—Michiko Kakutani
Publishers Weekly
Two hundred pages into Wolfe's frantic potboiler about Miami's melting pot, a description of City Hall reminds readers of the vivid detail that made Wolfe (The Bonfire of the Vanities) a literary icon. Yet despite flashes of "the right stuff", his latest novel comprises not an exposé of popular culture so much as a lurid compendium of clichés. The prologue features a scandal-fearing newspaper editor fretting as his wife tries to park her mini-hybrid at a trendy restaurant, but the action begins with marine patrolman Nestor Camacho speeding across Biscayne Bay. Unfortunately, his moment of glory dissolves into humiliation when he is condemned for arresting, after saving, a Cuban refugee. Resolute in pressing on, a bewildered Nestor works with reporter John Smith to unravel fraud at the city's new art museum and uncover the truth behind an incident of school violence. In the process, he meets elegant Haitian beauty Ghislaine, whose professor father desperately hopes she'll "pass" for white. African Americans, Russian émigrés, and Jewish retirees also appear: ethnic groups separated by language, tribe, and class; linked together by sex, money, and real estate. Filling his prose with sound effects, foreign phrases, accented English, and slang, Wolfe creates his own Miami sound machine—noisy, chaotic, infused with tropical rhythms, and fueled by the American dream. The result is a book louder than it is deep; more sensational than it is thought provoking; less like Wolfe at his best, more like tabloid headlines recast as fiction. (Oct. 23)
Donna Seaman
Within a masterfully strategized plot, Wolfe works his sardonic mojo to mock both prejudice and decadence and demolish the art world, reality TV, tawdry fame, and journalism in the digital age....This is a shrewd, riling, and exciting tale of a volatile, diverse, sun-seared city where 'everybody hates everybody.'
Booklist (Starred Review)
Michael Dirda - Washington Post
"Brilliant...I couldn't stop reading it....Tom Wolfe can make words dance and sing and perform circus tricks, he can make the reader sigh with pleasure."
New York Times Book Review
A Man in Full (1998):

"The novel contains passages as powerful and as beautiful as anything written--not merely by contemporary American novelists but by any American novelist....The book is as funny as anything Wolfe has ever written; at the same time it is also deeply, strangely affecting."

Washington Post Book World
"A superb human comedy and the first novel ever to get contemporary New York, in all its arrogance and shame and heterogeneity and insularity, exactly right."
Los Angeles Times
"Wolfe's dialogue is some of the finest in literature, not just fast but deep. He hears the cacophony of our modern lives."
Michiko Kakutani - New York Times
"Gripping....[Wolfe] limns a dog-eat-dog world in which people behave like animals, scratching and clawing their way up the greasy social pole."
Sarah Fenske - LA Weekly
"A breezy, funny read...and an examination of just what it means to be a man."
Kyle Smith - People
"The novel roars and zips along like a cigarette boat, and even at 81 the Man in White proves to be a marvelous reporter. Call this bawdy humdinger the Bonfire of the Miamians."
Adam Langer - San Francisco Chronicle
"Wolfe is writing with as much brio as he brought to his debut novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, 25 years ago. Back to Blood demonstrates the author's persistent vitality."
Ken Armstrong - Seattle Times
"A rollicking good story. Akin to The Bonfire of the Vanities, the book has memorable characters and big themes."
Dale Singer - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A typically overstuffed, overstated, delectably over-the-top portrait of modern Miami."
John Timpane - Philadelphia Enquirer
"With the sweep, particularity, and deliciously flamboyant language that have become Wolfe trademarks, Back to Blood tackles Miami and environs. Wolfeian description is seldom just pretty writing--almost always, the physical environment tells the person, tells the society."
Husna Huq - Christian Science Monitor
"Preposterous, overwrought, contrived, wildly ambitious, and outrageously entertaining. It is, in other words, classic Wolfian fare."
Michael Moynihan - The Daily Beast
"Back to Blood is a bracing vision of America's shifting demography and the immutability of ethnic conflict and class aspirations....Wolfe demonstrates that his skills as a novelist and a chronicler of America's class anxieties are undiminished."
Bob Hoover - Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"Another big, sprawling, engrossing, hilarious, character-packed and action-driven novel by the master chronicler of modern America."
Lev Grossman - Time
I Am Charlotte Simmons (2004):

"Wolfe is one of the greatest literary stylists and social observers of our much observed postmodern era....A rich, wise, absorbing, and irresistible novel."

William McKeen - Boston Sunday Globe
"Immensely entertaining and insightful. Nobody does hedonism and excess like Miami, and Wolfe has managed to wrangle all of his observations into an expansive book that despite its huge cast avoids becoming unruly."
James Wolcott - Vanity Fair
"The premier 19th-century novelist of the 21st century, the thin white duke of American neon prose, Tom Wolfe may be the last of the literary showmen in the era of mopers and trauma specialists. Wolfe shows no signs of slackening energy or ambition in his latest novel, Back to Blood."
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
"The novel's pointed observations are dangerously close to reality: Wolfe, Master of the New Journalism Universe, has done his homework and done it well. There is nothing in the novel that couldn't happen tomorrow right outside your window."
Donna Seaman - Booklist (starred review)
"Wolfe, the impish, white-suited satirist, eviscerates a city-in-flux as he did with New York in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987) and Atlanta in A Man in Full (1988). This is a shrewd, riling, and exciting tale of a volatile, diverse, sun-seared city where 'everybody hates everybody.'"
Library Journal - Audio
Wolfe (The Bonfire of the Vanities) here returns to familiar themes: race, sex, class, and society. Set in Miami, the novel (with some digressions) ostensibly tells the story of Nestor Camacho, a Cuban American policeman, but as with Wolfe’s other fiction the real focus is on larger issues in American society. And as is the case with his other books, this broader focus is a weakness. The characters are secondary to the wider themes, often to the detriment of a listener’s interest in and engagement with the story. This is alleviated to some extent by the fine narration by actor Lou Diamond Phillips but eventually makes this a less-than-stellar audiobook experience.

Verdict Of interest to Wolfe fans.—Wendy Galgan, St. Francis Coll., Brooklyn
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619691742
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe is the author of more than a dozen books, among them such bestselling contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lives in New York City.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr. (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 2, 1931
    2. Place of Birth:
      Richmond, Virginia
    1. Education:
      B.A. (cum laude), Washington and Lee University, 1951; Ph.D. in American Studies, Yale University, 1957
    2. Website:

Reading Group Guide

1. The title of Back to Blood's prologue, "We een Mee-AH-mee Now," is a Latina character's retort to a "gringa's" request that she speak English, because "YOU'RE IN AMERICA NOW!" How has your town or city changed due to its immigrant population? To what extent have the elements in its melting pot melted?
2. Tom Wolfe made a dozen extended trips to Miami over two years while researching Back to Blood. He has said that writers should "leave the desk" in order to gather material for their books, and he admires nineteenth-century naturalistic novelists like Balzac and Zola for having done so. What are some of this novel's memorable details that could have been learned and conveyed only by Wolfe's direct observation? Would you know how the neighborhood of Hialeah looks or what really goes on at the Biscayne Bay Columbus Day Regatta if he hadn't been there and told us?
3. One reviewer noted that Back to Blood is both "a breezy, funny read...and an examination of what it means to be a man." In what ways did you sympathize with Nestor Camacho as he struggles with his various identities as a cop, a Cuban American, and a young man on his own? Did you expect the happy endings for both his career and his love life?
4. Ghislaine Lantier's French Haitian American father is horrified by the prospect of his daughter's dating "a Cuban cop!" Discuss the ways in which Professor Lantier manifests both the meaning of the novel's title and the more general theme of people's strong drive to fit in and rise.
5. In an interview, Tom Wolfe has said, "People may complain about my exclamation points, but I honestly think that's the way people think. They don't think in essays." Does this strike you as true?
6. How do your thoughts about "de-skilled," "hands-free" art jibe with the narrator's? Were you aware of how much money was at stake in the current art world before reading Wolfe's rendition of Art Basel Miami? Did you know about the business of forgery in the art world?
7. Novelist Tibor Fischer, in a review of Back to Blood, wrote that "for bringing the world, or at least a world, to the page, Wolfe is the boss." And the books editor of the Miami Herald wrote that "flamboyance is Miami's native tongue....There is nothing in this novel that couldn't happen." Do these comments about the veracity of Back to Blood make you want to visit Miami or run the other way? Do you consider place ormilieu to be important to your enjoyment of a novel? Discuss.
8. Magdalena Otero takes many chances with her well-being in her constant striving to assimilate and move up in Miami's pecking order. Which of the minor characters also exhibit her preoccupation with status? Can you think of any who don't? Discuss social ambition as a theme of Back to Blood.
9. Tom Wolfe has said that one of the writers he most admires is John Steinbeck. Although the work of these two writers differs stylistically, both attest to Wolfe's belief that "no single organism could be understood without observing and comprehending the entire colony." What is your response to that idea? How strongly do you think the individual is shaped by his society?

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  • Posted November 14, 2012

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    I've been a Wolfe fan since the 1960s. In BtoB, the author displ

    I've been a Wolfe fan since the 1960s. In BtoB, the author displays a wonderful condensation of his skills. Perhaps like good wine, age improves storytellers. I can't imagine a more engaging, enjoyable romp through the craziness of the colliding ethnicities and cultures of Miami. His characters are easily accessible. Folks you probably know. Their motivations may be convoluted and their accents a struggle, but at no time during my time with this book, despite some really creative situations, did I find myself saying, "No way!" As odd as some of the interactions get, none felt contrived or not true to the character.

    Back to Blood is a tale of expectations -- both the ones fulfilled, and the ones that slip away. It's loud, raw and absorbing.

    Mr. Wolfe treats this major city like one might treat an old friend, with lots of quirks and issues, but still someone to be loyal to. A great deal of research and time on the ground must have gone into this book and it shows. I recommend it to anyone with a taste for Florida's sunshine, rum drinks and a skeptical sense when it comes to fine art and/or ethnicity.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2013

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    Like another reviewer I loved A Man in Full.  This is dreadful.

    Like another reviewer I loved A Man in Full.  This is dreadful.  The characters are under developed.  And although I was anxious to get to the end and quit reading the drivel, the ending totally left me hanging.  Nothing was resolved.  It was as if Tom Wolfe was as tired of writing the story as I was of reading it.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Interesting but different

    Somehow couldn't stop reading this book, as I have read all of his. However, this one had repetitive odd words to indicate sound effects and odd punctuation. I found it completely took me out of the story and it was highly irritating. I don't know if I would have read it if I had known beforehand. The characters were also not very fully drawn, and most completely unlikable. I'm quite ambivalent about this book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    I love Tom Wolfe! His writing is so alive and descriptive. Thi

    I love Tom Wolfe! His writing is so alive and descriptive. This book is no different. His use of written sound effects get you right into the action. And his character descriptions make you feel like you're standing right next to the person. I've read several of his books and they're always fun to read, but there are also social commentaries that bring it down to earth. I didn't find Back to Blood as biting as Bonfire of the Vanities, but there is still much to enjoy. And I did.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    This book is irreverent, definitely not PC, tongue-in-cheek, pok

    This book is irreverent, definitely not PC, tongue-in-cheek, poking fun at the extremes of characters, but loads of romping fun. You just have to let yourself get into the excess that is the Miami he is writing about. You will either love it or hate it. For those who read Wolfe's "A Man in Full" and loved it, you will probably love this one too. Beneath it all are some characters who actually have morals and personal strength. Have fun!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

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    I have known of Tom Wolfe¿s reputation for many years. For whate

    I have known of Tom Wolfe’s reputation for many years. For whatever reason, I had never read one of his novels until this one became available during a Christmas sale on the site of one of my dealers.  Perhaps I need to read one of Mr. Wolfe’s previous novels that helped to create his reputation. After reading this one, I am not at all clear how he has come to be as well respected as a novelist.  I found this work to be overly wordy, weakly plotted, characters that were not well developed and the story was left with little resolution.
    The city of Miami has become a cultural plethora in recent decades.  Peoples from Haiti, Cuba, Central and South America, multiple African nations, Russia and all regions of the United States have relocated to the beauty, opportunity and climate that are Miami.  Each of these groups is interested in “staying with blood” rather than mingling with other cultures.  While this behavior maintains (and further develops) one’s cultural identity, it can also create a climate of suspicion, paranoia and hostility.  The reader is introduced quickly into this world in the early pages of this novel.
    Nestor Camacho is a 25-year-old police officer who is in his first weeks as a part Miami Police Department’s elite Marine Patrol when he is required to remove a man who is sitting atop the 70-foot main mast of a yacht in a marina. This individual, it is later learned, is a Cuban refugee who would be granted asylum immediately upon his setting foot on American dry land.  If a Cuban refugee is apprehended before reaching land, he/she is returned to Cuba.  When Nestor rescues this individual just before he falls from his tall perch (in one of the most bizarre manners imaginable), he his hailed by his fellow police officers as a hero and totally disowned by his family and the Cuban community.  His girlfriend, Magdelena, dumps him so she can openly date her boss, Norman Lewis, a prominent Miami Psychiatrist who specializes in treating Pornography Addiction, an ailment he does not believe exists but who appears to be suffering with that affliction. His “prize” patient is Maurice Fleischmann, a billionaire who makes introduction of Dr. Lewis to the wealthier class of the Miami community.  One of those introductions is to Sergei Korolyov, an obscenely rich Russian “oligarch” whose “generosity” has provided Miami with its first world class art attraction.  How all of these characters are connected is an imaginative stretch for the reader but it is also the core of the book.
    This book could have been much better had it been better edited.  The author seems to go on the theory of, “Why use one word when five would suffice?” and goes to extremes in describing minor elements (such as listing ten different Solo Cup colors one of the characters saw on a yacht and repeatedly “echoing” mixed in conversations) that cause the book to be frustratingly slow and serve no other apparent purpose.  The book would have been better had it been better edited but Mr. Wolfe would have needed to tighten the plot dramatically for the book to be a good read.  The plot has little focus and the resolution is far too open-ended as well as having the feel of the author (finally) finding a place to stop writing.
    I was disappointed in my first visit with this author.  I would need to be convinced to read another of his works.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Excellent, could not put it down.

    Tom Wolf is a great American author. Bonfire of the Vanities is my favorite book, Back to Blood is another great novel. I was upset when I finished because I wanted to read more. I couldn't put this book down, I'd fall asleep reading it & start reading again when I wake up at night.
    Wolf with his acurate portrait of our time is a modern day Dickens.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    "A Man in Full" is in my Top 10 of all time.  I grew u

    "A Man in Full" is in my Top 10 of all time.  I grew up in Miami and could not wait to read this book.  I thought about quitting after 50 pages and wish I would have.  I think Tom has lost his magic.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Disappointing

    Good beginning then it drags. It gets moving again toward the end before falling on its face!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Not sure

    Cant seem to get through the stupid comments mad by the characters that are far from developed

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    I found the characters unsympathetic, unpleasant, and under deve

    I found the characters unsympathetic, unpleasant, and under developed. The overuse of repetitive words and phrases was just plain annoying. Annoying...annoying...annoying.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

    I DID read this all the way through but I also did a LOT of skim

    I DID read this all the way through but I also did a LOT of skimmimg. Ended up being glad I got it from the library & did NOT purchase. Would not recommend to my "reader" friends.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    This book is just sad. First of it gets Miami wrong - the Cuban

    This book is just sad. First of it gets Miami wrong - the Cubans, the Jews, the Russians, the Haitians, are all Primitives and it is only the two WASP characters who understand the whole picture. There is no world, not in Miami, nor anywhere else where the Cubans wander around all day saying Dios Mio and the Jews say everything backwards and the African American police chief is just all African American and nothing else.

    The writing is tediously bombastic and the characters have no depth nor any context. It might have worked as a graphics novel but it really just reads like a Miami Based parody of "Bonfire".

    There is a great story to be told about the strange melange of Miami but Wolfe doesn't get it at all.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Just ok

    Not as good as his others.


    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    I listened to the audiobook version of "Back to Blood"

    I listened to the audiobook version of "Back to Blood" and, as long as it was, I was sorry when it concluded.  Wolfe is a dynamite story-
    teller, and the narration by Lou Diamond Phillips added greatly to the book's appeal.  Not only did Mr. Phillips perfectly capture the
    sardonic tone of Wolfe's third person description of events, each character's spoken words were delivered in a dialect and expression
    perfectly matching his/her ethnicity and personality.  A delightful listening experience!

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    I¿m not certain Wolfe got this one right. The racial tensions in

    I’m not certain Wolfe got this one right. The racial tensions in Miami are there but I think Wolfe might need to come out and talk one to one with Miami’s youth. This one lacked the authenticity of his other works.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    Miami is a cauldron of ethnic groups for Wolfe to play with. It

    Miami is a cauldron of ethnic groups for Wolfe to play with. It has wealth like no other city I have seen and it dangerously displays it. There is so much culture in Miami for a man of Wolfe’s caliber to draw upon too. Much of it he got right in Back to Blood, though some of the youth culture not so accurate. All in all though, it was a fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Worst Novel in many years

    What a waste of my time. Since I was dumb enough to buy this book I felt obligated to finish it. The book needs less wordy description, more story, and some attempt at editing, (wires holding up a sailboat mast are "stays" not "cables." ) The ending is weak; something you would expect from a first time novelist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Can I be Liz?

    Plz?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Someone

    How do we know ur two ppl if ur only on one nook. Creep

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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