Bad Grass Never Dies: More Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

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Good killers are hard to find. But the CIA has no trouble finding the legendary TV producer and game show king Chuck Barris. In Bad Grass Never Dies, Barris picks up the fast-paced intrigue in Hollywood, where his emotional life lies in ruins, his career careens out of control, and he can't get a break anyplace he turns. Then one day a high-ranking CIA boss appears unannounced on Barris' doorstep. The CIA needs the cooperation of a Mexican terrorist, and Barris is ordered to recruit the killer as a paid ...
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Overview


Good killers are hard to find. But the CIA has no trouble finding the legendary TV producer and game show king Chuck Barris. In Bad Grass Never Dies, Barris picks up the fast-paced intrigue in Hollywood, where his emotional life lies in ruins, his career careens out of control, and he can't get a break anyplace he turns. Then one day a high-ranking CIA boss appears unannounced on Barris' doorstep. The CIA needs the cooperation of a Mexican terrorist, and Barris is ordered to recruit the killer as a paid assassin. Complicating matters is the fact that this same assassin is responsible for the death of two of Barris' fellow operatives. What's to prevent him from facing the same fate on arrival in Mexico? Barris' beguiling humor and a crack-shot taxi driver hold the answer. The stakes continue to build in this eagerly awaited sequel from the author who dazzled and amused readers—and later movie audiences—with the publication of his first book of memoirs, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this sequel to Barris's 1984 (re-released in 2003) sleeper, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, the TV producer best known for his role as the wacky host of The Gong Show picks up where he left off. The misanthropic Barris can't seem to catch a break. The literary world won't accept him, the TV world has had enough, the press crucifies him for bringing TV into the gutter-and the CIA won't let him walk away from his side gig. Globetrotting at the behest of a new CIA contact, Barris continues his assassination work, this time with aplomb, quietly eliminating enemies ranging from a Mexican assassin to a Mideastern terrorist, and he finds a new love. Still, unlike Confessions, which offered a hilarious, at times unflinchingly personal examination of Barris's controversial TV career, his second attempt at "memoir" is in fact little more than a spy "novel." Luckily, Barris isn't a bad novelist. In fact, he is an accomplished, entertaining writer. But was Chuck Barris truly a CIA assassin? Part of the charm of Confessions was that Barris was cagey enough about his claim to entice readers to suspend disbelief, if not swallow the story. But with yet another memoir, many readers may find he's gone to the well once too often. Sorry, Chuck, your cover's been blown. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Barris may well be living purely in his extravagant head, but this sequel to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (1984) has enough off-balance humor and burnished bravado to keep readers tuned in. As in that earlier "memoir," the man who brought us The Gong Show, The Newlywed Game, and The Dating Game claims to also be a professional gunny for the US government, taking out bad guys and gals globally, intimately, and with what appears to be his tongue so firmly in his cheek, it's a wonder it doesn't rupture a vessel. The action proceeds from the mid-'70s through today, taking Barris from the top of the TV heap (where he was bored and disenchanted) through a pink slip from TV bigwigs to a spell in New York-Presbyterian's ICU to marriage to the woman of his dreams. Along the way, during breaks from his game-hosting duties, Barris works as a CIA operative, a hit man ridding the planet of nefarious terrorist creatures. As a writer, Barris goes for the bluntly vivid: "Miguel Agular . . . was one despicable son of a bitch . . . a relentless, vicious little animal"; in Mexico City, "the streets were jammed packed with steaming people, the sidewalks with steaming dog shit." As a Company man, he's reluctant, because he's getting old, but he takes assignments nevertheless, because if he doesn't the CIA will whack him with the same insouciance it displays when killing terrorists. Barris is surprisingly good at painting character portraits of his CIA overseers and his quarries, but the story plays out over such tenuous, dreamy, comic terrain, it all feels like celluloid from the start. Not so his relationships with women, each depicted as a genuine person rather than a trophy, nor his visit with lungcancer. From the dental work and the tan to the madness in his humor as a TV personality and his gunslinging, Barris has always been touched by the surreal, and it fits foursquare into this piece of work. Author tour
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786713790
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/9/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,395,637
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Chuck Barris

Chuck Barris is a former television show creator and producer, whose credits include The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, The Gong Show, and Treasure Hunt. He is the author of several books, including Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (adapted into a major motion picture) and the New York Times bestselling novel You and Me, Babe. Chuck and his wife, Mary, live in Manhattan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2004

    A must read if you read Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

    Not as much of the action as is in Confessions of A Dangerous Mind, but still a great read. If Chuck Barris keeps writing them I'll keep reading them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    The Best Summer Read Ever!

    BAD GRASS NEVER DIES is the best summer read I'v gotten my hands on in a long time. It was a real page turned about an exciting life. It doesn't matter if it's true or not, but this memoir reads like a wonderful spy novel. Barris has found his genre.

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