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Paperback 313 Pages / Published: 10/06/2007
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Turk Henry is overweight, unemployed, and unafraid to have a cold beer for breakfast. He's also a rock star (the bassist for the defunct megaplatinum-selling Metal Assassin), married to a supermodel, and rich beyond his wildest dreams, and right now his pampered paunch is plopped on the beach in Phuket. Turk has discovered that Thailand is probably the last place a recovering sex addict should go on vacation, yet here he is, surrounded by topless groupies and haunted by the stares of hundreds of luscious bar girls. It is a catalytic environment cranked up to eleven. What would his therapist say? Turk's struggles with monogamy pale beside a greater challenge when his wife is abducted by a group of renegade, shipless Thai pirates. The U.S. government won't help--they suspect the pirates are terrorists--and the law forbids Turk from paying the ransom. As Turk, his life skills limited to playing bass and parrying, navigates the back alleys of Bangkok and the deadly jungles of Southeast Asia to save his wife, Salty heats up and sweats bullets. Featuring skinflint American tourists, topless beaches, a hypochondriac U.S. government agent, suitcases loaded with cash, an overeager full service personal assistant, a horny Australian commando, inventive prostitutes, and an urbane pirate with a fetish for alabaster skin, this is a hilariously entertaining, thoroughly debauched novel--with a happy finish.

Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 9780802170347
Number of pages: 313
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 208 x 141 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Graham Greene meets the Marx Brothers and the result is "Salty," Mark Haskell Smith's riveting new novel of unquiet Americans on the loose in Thailand. Profane, endearing, and just absurd enough to be totally convincing, "Salty" is both a comic thriller and a thoughtful meditation on love, lust, and the American way." --Tom Drury, author of "The Driftless Area"
"For Turk, saving the day is almost as impossible as staying monogamous. Luckily, being funny comes easily to screenwriter Smith, who writes like Carl Hiaasen, cheerfully skewering Homeland Security, heavy metal, compromised Hollywood morals, American arrogance, fetishes and anything else worth taking a shot at, "i.e." ... everything. Through it all, Turk rocks on. Smith just plain rocks." --"Miami Herald"
"[Mark Haskell Smith's] characters include a not-so-usual suspect lineup of hustlers, sex addicts, supermodels, failed rock stars, wine-buff cops, psychos and flakes. Haskell Smith writes well, especially about sex and food, and the multilayered plots move so fast they feel fresh. Think Elmore Leonard meets Mario Batali." --Richard Rayner, "Los Angeles Times"
"There is one word for this farce about a fat alcoholic rock star whose wife is kidnapped by Thai pirates: vulgar.... On further thought, a couple of other words describe this book - colorful, satirical, and hilarious!" --"Library Journal"
"Smith alternates spoofy, lush travel-writer prose with dead-on dialogue and jibes at the lives of the undeservedly privileged. A romp to relish." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"An exquisitely written thriller that is as entertaining as it is intelligent while also being confidently garnished by Smith with copious amounts of humor: a perfect prose concoction that is fit for any literary palate." --"Entertainment World"
"No doubt about it, Smith knows how to spin a good yarn." --Reviewingtheevidence.com
""Salty" is a loud, drunk, sexy party which, like its main character, rev

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