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ISBN13: 9781616200763
ISBN10: 1616200766
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nadhir, March 13, 2013 (view all comments by nadhir)
This is one of those books you want to put down but keep reading -- "just a few more pages" -- before you can quit. It isn't a mystery, per se. It's literary fiction involving a mystery, but it's mostly a coming-of-age story. The descriptions are lovely as details deliberately unfold. When I finished, I wasn't sure the story was that good, but the writing makes the read worthwhile.

Don't read if you want a pow-bang thriller or a logical "What do you deduce, my dear Watson?" mystery. Read if the writing means as much to you as the plot.

Very nice read.
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janet27, January 10, 2013 (view all comments by janet27)
I didn't want to put this book down. The characters are real (though eccentric and bizarre in some cases)...but I felt as if they could be living across the pond from me! A great read!
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Gdub, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Gdub)
Great book! Worth every cent. Not many lived up to that this year, not for me anyway. Colorful, yet believable characters, great tension and fun, irony, hi-jinks, experiences. The restaurateur ex-Dolphins QB protagonist was highly likeable and interesting, bipolar sister, con-man dad, tennis playing haughty mom, on and on--no dull moments in this one. Food folks will love the food prep side trips, and mystery lovers will dig the ongoing mystery--though this was not a thriller or mystery, it certainly danced, sidestepped, in and out of those genres quite nicely. It was also a very enticing love story. And the writing! agile, humorous, ironic, poetic, intelligent and funny as hell. What a book. My compliments to chef Roorbach!
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Roorbach, Bill
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "An exploration of lives touched by greatness and tragedy in equal measure, Roorbach's latest novel traces towering Princeton graduate and NFL player — cum — restaurateur David 'Lizard' Hochmeyer in his attempt to unravel the tangled conspiracy behind his parents' murder in 1970. When his parents are killed in front of him at a restaurant, David believes the culprits are connected to his neighbor, the elegant ballerina Sylphide, whose rock star husband also died under mysterious circumstances, and with whom David has fallen heedlessly in love. As David trades a career in football for one in food, his sister, Kate, a tennis star with 'tough girl' endorsements, slides into paranoia over their parents' deaths. It is a soapy and thrilling indulgence, a tale of opulence, love triangles, and madness, set against a sumptuous landscape of lust and feasts, a sensory abundance that fails to mitigate the sorrows of David's youth. This is a purely Gatsbyesque portrayal of celebrity; David and Sylphide inhabit a galaxy of stars, each more blinding and destructive than the next, drawing intrigue and violence into their orbits. Roorbach (Big Bend) has written a mystery free of contemporary cynicism and recalling the glitter and allure of a kind of stardom that has also, in its way, been collateral damage to a greedy financial machine. Agent: Betsy Lerner, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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