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Mort et vie de Bobby Z (original 1997; edition 2010)

by Don Winslow, Oristelle Bonis (Translator)

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Title:Mort et vie de Bobby Z
Authors:Don Winslow
Other authors:Oristelle Bonis (Translator)
Info:Le Livre de poche (2010), Poche, 416 pages
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The Death and Life of Bobby Z by Don Winslow (1997)

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Drug dealer fiction and action. Was pretty damn good. Doesn't try to be more than it is. ( )
  ktp50 | Dec 1, 2011 |
lots of action, funny
  JEM2011 | Jan 14, 2011 |
This book is just plain fun. It's got me scurrying for other books by Don Winslow. Again, all I can say is fun. ( )
  norinrad10 | Jan 1, 2010 |
One of those rare books whose laudatory cover blurbs actually bear some relation to the contents inside, The Death and Life of Bobby Z is the hair-raising, addictive and frequently funny story of ex-Marine, Gulf War vet, three time loser Tim Kearney attempting to make good on a deal from a crooked DEA agent to impersonate the deceased surfer-cum-pot smuggler par excellence named Bobby Z ("Z" for "Zacharias" -- with apologies to Robert C. O'Brien) to escape a certain death behind prison walls following on from Kearney's neat assassination of a Hell's Angel/Aryan Brotherhood bruiser. The pitch-perfect dialogue shifts from California slacker to hard-nosed cattle rancher to pompous, self-styled hidalgo-hood with barely a bobble, and the rogues gallery is filled to bursting with off-the-reservation feds, movie-obsessed pedophiles, Eurotrash, bikers, cholos, and war vets, many of whom converge in a kind of perfect storm in the book's hellzapoppin' finale. Behind all the mayhem, buckets of black humor, jaw-dropping escapes, explicit sex and rampant profanity lurks a sweet, sentimental optimism and a message of hope and redemption that would not be out of place on the most flowery and ostentatiously religious greeting card, and it is to Winslow's credit that this comes across as part of an organic whole, not an afterthought bit of moralizing á la Scarface: The Shame of a Nation. ( )
  uvula_fr_b4 | May 23, 2009 |
This is a great book in its category. Frantic fun with plenty of impossible, but fun to imagine, situations. ( )
  balshetzer | Dec 10, 2008 |
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À Jimmy Vinnes,
l'agent qui fait tout ce qu'il a promis de faire.
Merci à Dave Schniepp
d'avoir bien voulu partager avec moi son savoir
sur les milieux du surf en Californie du Sud.
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Et voici comment Tim Kearney s'y est pris pour devenir le légendaire Bobby Z.
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Here's a thriller with everything going for it--a great plot gimmick, excellent action and sex scenes, beautifully-realized characters on every level, and a crisp, pungent, in-your-face writing style that rarely stops to let you catch your breath. Nobody has actually seen the legendary Laguna Beach surfer-turned-drug dealer Bobby Zacharias for years, so a nasty federal agent thinks he has a chance of passing off a lookalike in a hostage switch with a Mexican drug lord. Bobby Z's double, a career screw-up named Tim Kearney, takes the deal because it means a chance to get out of prison--where the Hell's Angels want to terminate him. But when the switch backfires, everyone in the world is after the fake Bobby Z--who takes off with the 6-year-old son of the real Bobby on a cinematic, fully satisfying run for their lives.

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A Mexican drug lord offers to free a DEA agent in return for an American gangster who is in jail in Thailand. In fact the gangster is dead, but the Mexican does not know this. Convicted killer Tim Kearney is offered his freedom by the DEA if he will impersonate the gangster and Kearney jumps at the opportunity, only to discover the Mexican wanted the gangster free so he could kill him.… (more)

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