The Death and Life of Bobby Z

The Death and Life of Bobby Z

A Novel

Book - 1997 | 1st ed.
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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. By the author of While Drowning in the Desert.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1997.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307275349
Characteristics: 259 p. ; 24 cm.


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ArapahoeAnnaL Mar 06, 2018

A quick read partly because it is impossible to put down! The main characters, a convict with low self esteem, and an orphaned six year old boy are great together. The plot is fabulously convoluted. There is violence and sex but not more or more graphic than what we have become used to.

Jul 10, 2017

I have not watched TV in 9 years and find it near unbearable to watch most media. When I try I always think to myself how much I'd rather be reading. I can say I am glad I did not start with this one but it's kind of cool to see the evolution of his writing. Besides, it's like when Donald J's son, Beavis lied about meeting with a Kremlin attorney during the election and they spun it by calling it a "nothing-burger". Thankfully Winslow, like Irvine Welsh, Jacqueline Woodson, Jon Ronson, Margaret Atwood and so many others can even make a nothing-burger read like a Triple Triple Animal Style.

daymakerdave Jul 10, 2011

Wasn't sure if I was going to like it after the first couple of chapters. The author writes the way teenagers on the beach talk, with lots of "like"s. Kind of annoying at first but once I got over it I could not put this book down. A great, fast-paced, page turner about a guy who takes on the identity of a legendary drug lord, who has many enemies, in an attempt to save himself from his own crappy existence. Now I want to read more from Don Winslow!


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