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Tom Wolfe , Lou Diamond Phillips
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Book Description

Nov. 6 2012
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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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

About the Author

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Blood, Yes! July 24 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A Cuban cop who rescues an illegal immigrant from the top of a boat's seventy-five foot mast is castigated not only by his own family but by the whole Cuban community for doing so,( because the immigrant swam to the boat and never touched land, he is classified as a Wet Foot and as such can be shipped back to where he came from, which in this case is Cuba. On the other hand had he touched land or anything connected to it such as the bridge near the mast, he would be a Dry Foot and therefore go through the whole illegal immigrant process which could take forever). A Russian emigrant donates seventy million dollars worth of art to a museum built and named for him, the art turns out to be fake. A video of Cuban cops apparently assaulting and hurling racial slurs at a black drug dealer, goes viral. A sexy young female finds the high life isn't all it's cracked up to be. A psychiatrist specializing in pornography addiction treats a billionaire with herpes and is interviewed on 60 Minutes; these and other characters populate Wolfe's cutting, satirical, entertaining novel.

The art market and clueless collectors, municipal and racial politics, strip clubs and reality shows, the Press and law firms (...Mangelmann and Pizzonia), Old Folks Homes ( or rather Assisted Care Centers for the Active Adult, active meaning " not dead"), all these are skewered by Wolfe's rapier pen.

The action takes place in Miami, but it could be any American city,

This is Tom Wolfe at his best, reminding us of the hypocritical, politically correct, screwed up world we live in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well written like flowing water June 8 2013
i really enjoy reading this book. i had been disappointed with a previous book by Wolfe but decided to give him another try. his characters are rich and believable. The prose however is smooth like flowing water. The book is well worth the purchase. i am going to keep Wolfe on my reading list and look forward to reading some of his other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Blood April 10 2013
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Back to Blood. An under-rated Wolfe novel. Engaging and fun on par with Bonfires of the Vanities. A great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Blood Great! Aug. 8 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Outstanding read except for the last 100 pages. Old Tommy Wolfe could use an editor. Colorful characters, great story. You'll never think of Miami in the same way again.
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