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Bone in the Throat
     

Bone in the Throat

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by Anthony Bourdain
 

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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

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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.

In the vein of Prizzi's Honor, Bone in the Throat is a thrilling Mafia caper laced with entertaining characters and wry humor. This first novel is a must-have for fans of Anthony Bourdain's nonfiction.

"A prodigiously self-assured first novel. . . the author's comic vision goes beyond original. It is deliciously depraved."-The New York Times Book Review

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First-time author Bourdain presents a savory portion of gangster tartare spiced with salty mobspeak, coked-up chefs, wild entrepreneurs and foul-mouthed feds, served up in the colorful ambience of Manhattan's Little Italy. The FBI is using a former dentist to open and run a restaurant in a sting operation designed to catch 280-pound loan shark ``Sally Wig'' Patera-a crazed mafioso assigned to do the Don's dirty work. The deluded dentist thinks he really runs the Dreadnaught Grill and blows FBI cash on dumb marketing schemes instead of paying Sally's dues and vig. Meanwhile, Sally's nephew, Tommy Pagano, sous chef at the Dreadnaught, who loathes both his uncle and mob life, still feels loyal to the Family and so gives Sally after-hours use of the kitchen to ``talk some business.'' But Tommy isn't happy when Sally and Skinny di Milito-who strips naked before his hits to cut down on blood-spatter cleanup-kill a fellow mobster and cut up the body with the chef's knife. Though the FBI pressures Tommy hard to sell out his uncle, he stays loyal, at least until the restaurant, the chef and his cooking career are threatened by Sally and Skinny, pushing him into unexpected action. The cast of this dark-humored, street-smart novel romps through Greenwich Village and Little Italy on a testosterone high in a perfect sendup of macho mobsters and feebs alike, while the kitchen antics reveal a real love for-and knowledge of-cooking, including a mouth-watering recipe for Portuguese Seafood Chowder, complete with squid, lobster, swordfish and cherrystone clams. Major ad/promo. (June)
Denise Perry Donavin
Bourdain's tongue-in-cheek wiseguy novel features an up-and-coming young chef who owes his position in a New York restaurant to his uncle, a Mob collectorhit man who has loaned a considerable sum to the restaurant owner. Mobster Sal the Wig and Tommy, the sous-chef, are both unaware that state and federal agents have set up the owner, Harvey, as a plant to uncover extortion, murder, and whatever other criminal activities occur in Harvey's presence or the eaterie. The combination of fine food and sordid slayings makes an irresistible novel, but perhaps not one to savor while dining.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679435525
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
290

Meet the Author

Anthony Bourdain is the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in New York City. He is the author of Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly and Gone Bamboo

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
June 25, 1956
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
High school diploma, Dwight Englewood School, 1973; A.O.S. degree, The Culinary Institute of America, 1978
Website:
http://www.anthonybourdain.com/

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Bone in the Throat 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My wife bought this book for me as a Christmas gift. We are big fans of Tony. Since I grew up in the NY area, I could really identify with how his characters talked and behaved. Tony uses a lot of NY and Mafia slang, such as 'the vig' (meaning 'the vigorish', which is what you owe a loan shark). His descriptions of what goes on inside a NY restaurant kitchen are dead on. Fans of the 'The Sopranos' will enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fast and easy read, though quite graphically gruesome in some areas. I have to admit to skipping whole paragraphs and sometimes an entire page because I couldn't handle the graphic violence, but that's just me. I was hooked none-the-less, and read it in a weekend. A surprising, kind of fairytale ending. It was like eating a very spicy entree, and finishing with a smooth, sweet and creamy dessert. Satisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was Bourdain's first book and while I don't think it catapulted him to fame over night it was a fun read then when I bought the first edition in hardcover and still is now all these years later. I particularly enjoyed the interaction of the protaganist and his French mother. J.R. Locke Author, Possible Twenty, a Gangster Tale & Down and Out in Manhattan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought it was so-so until the last half of the book. Really liked the last half. Helps to be a foodie!!!
Anonymous 6 months ago
This is sort of a mystery. Once you get the characters straightened out, it's good. The chapters are short and the story gets better at the end.
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