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Back to Blood

A Novel

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 24, 2012 – 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 expos of popular culture so much as a lurid compendium of clich s. 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 migr s, 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.

Customer Reviews

Back to Blood

I am a third generation Miamian and have lived in Miami my entire life. During my life I have lived in many different parts of Miami and am very familiar with the locales, and the cultural and social issues laid bare in Mr. Wolfe's latest novel. I couldn't put this book down. All I can say is...Dude you nailed it! Amazing. To those critics out there - this is Miami - it's just hard to believe unless you really KNOW Miami from the inside. Great job!

It ain't no Bonfire of the Vanities or Man in Full

I have been reading Tom Wolfe since I was in high school back in the late 1970's. Our teacher assigned "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test." I've been hooked ever since. Back to Blood is okay, but Wolfe's writing techniques and descriptions fall flat for me. "Haw, haw, haw" was his description of the Hell's Angel's laughing and that killed me when I was about 17 years old. Bonfire and Man in Full had similar descriptive language, and there war some brilliant, hilarious moments in both books.

Bonfire brought us the phrase, "Masters of the Universe" to describe the Wall St. types back in the 1980's. That moniker was spot on and is even more relevant today than it was back then. Back to Blood offers none of that. Nothing memorable, nothing outrageously funny.


Really enjoyed the story but felt like I was left at the alter. What happened to the last chapter? Wolfe could have wrapped up the plot lines to create more finality and reader satisfaction.

Back to Blood
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Oct 23, 2012
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 896 Pages
  • Language: English
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