As the police boat speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay, the scene is set for Officer Nestor Camacho's great moment of heroism. Except that in this feverous melting pot of a city, Nestor's one act of heroism can be seen as an utter betrayal of his Cuban roots. As Nestor's world disintegrates - his family disowns him, he can't get a Cuban coffee without ugly stares, and his girlfriend Magdalena leaves him for her sex-addiction psychiatrist boss - his quest to right the wrongs brings him into contact with the full panorama of modern Miami. The Cuban mayor, a Yale-marinated journalist, the black police chief, a Haitian professor whose ambitions to be French are thwarted by his Creole-spouting son, the clueless baying art-buyers and an Anglo billionaire porn addict all come up for scrutiny in Tom Wolfe's high-energy, scrupulous and hilarious reckoning with our times.
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"Back to Blood dazzles so much that you might want to read it through dark glasses" (Simon O’Hagan Independent on Sunday)
"Tom Wolfe returns with a thunderous thwack, fizzing outrageously with a slipstreamed comet of a novel... It’s even better than his great hit The Bonfire of the Vanities. Unmissable stuff" (Tom Adair Scotsman)
"Exhilarating... The satire is scalpel-like and very funny." (Wynn Wheldon Spectator)
"Energising, fascinating – and utterly exhausting." (Tim Walker Independent)
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Tom Wolfe is back, with his most brilliant novel since The Bonfire of the Vanities, jettisoning us into the turbulent heart of America’s racial vortex: Miami.
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