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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  148 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Smith gets the details of mid-level rock stardom just right … mixing laughs and satire like a cross between Carl Hiaasen and Ross Thomas. A-” —Entertainment Weekly

From the author of Moist and Delicious comes a raucous comic novel where anything goes. Turk Henry, an overweight, unemployed rock star married to a supermodel, has discovered that Thailand is probably the last p
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 10th 2007 by Grove Press, Black Cat (first published 2007)
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Tony DuShane
Mark has completely outdone himself on his third novel. Semi retired rock star Turk Henry is finally monogamous, after banging so many women in his history as a bass player for Metal Assassin. He's married and determined to stay faithful to his wife. They're living the high life in Phucket, Thailand, when all things go to hell.

I don't want to give away too much, but if you're looking for literary transgression Elmore Leonard style, look no further. This is a must read for your summer reading lis
This book was so funny it made me laugh out loud many times! It is a great, light beach read.[return][return]It is the story of a rock star (who is recovering from a sex addiction) on vacation in Thailand with his former super-model wife (who is recovering from drug addiction). When his wife is kidnapped, he receives no help from the US government and is told that if he pays the ransom, he will go to jail (Good old Patriot Act). I did not gain any moral from the story, it is just a raunchy laugh ...more
Rob Kitchin
Salty is a darkly comic crime caper set in Phuket and Bangkok in Thailand that follows the travails of Turk Henry, a washed-up former rock star and recovering sex addict, as he tries to save his supermodel wife, an ex-drug addict whom he met in rehab, from a group of Thai pirates. The set-up is relatively straightforward, putting the interests of different parties -- Turk, Sheila, an American government representative, the pirates, Turk’s manager and assistant, MaryBeth -- into conflict or tensi ...more
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this one yet. After reading so many romance novels, this was certainly a breath of fresh air. Turk Henry is a semi-retired bassist for a heavy metal rock band. Sheila is his super-model wife. When she gets kidnapped in Phuket, Thailand everything just sort of goes to Hell. It's an entertaining book to be sure, but very different.
All of my favorite literary elements have come together: silliness, debauchery, pornography, ridiculous scenarios, and no metaphysical or spiritual interpretations. I read this while in Rhode Island with a wicked stomach flu and this kept me completely entertained while spending the night on the bathroom floor. Well done.
Andrew Cheney-Feid
Wasn't sure I was going to love this one, especially because a burned-out rocker with a beer gut and his unhappy marriage wasn't quite my thing. As usual, though, Mark Haskell Smith managed to hook and reel me in with his crisp, intelligent writing and, at times, bat-shit crazy character predicaments. An engaging read.
Patrick O'Neil
Every aged rocker should read Salty. Very funny. Movie-esque: vivid visuals, scene driven, great dialogue. Mark Haskell Smith is hilarious.
Feb 06, 2014 James rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: aloud
Salty was much more straight-forward and direct than the previous two books by Mark Haskell Smith. It wasn't that it was a bad or disappointing story. But Salty wasn't quite as clever and unique as the previous two.

Set in Thailand, a former rock star's supermodel wife is kidnapped by terrorists pirates and the transformation that the two undergo during their forced separation is what drives this story. The book, in my view, follows a more linear format than Haskell's other work and, I have to ad
Another fantastic read by Mark Haskell Smith. Similar in style to Moist and Delicious, but more refined. Where Delicious and Moist are character driven Salty is somewhat less so.

Pardon me if this doesn't make complete sense. What I mean is that the story doesn't take as many crazy turns as Smith's previous two novels. The plot is fairly simple: Kidnapping for ransom. The story is spiced up a bit with some interesting characters, but they don't really turn things on their head as much as in Deli
Ross Helford
Turk Henry: The Insightful American

Mark Haskell Smith’s SALTY delivers a rollercoaster adventure of uproarious humor, exotic locales, intrigue, deceit, murder, and kinky sex. Taken in and of themselves, these tasty (dare I say, salty?) elements mixed with Smith’s elegant, clear prose, would make for a riveting, breezy read. Smith, however, further elevates the material by ensuring every detail, description, laugh, and ejaculation, in one way or another, reveals, develops, and deepens his charact
A definite favorite

Only the the 2nd book by Mark Haskell Smith I've had the pleasure of reading through (The first being Baked.) I was pulled in from the start and contained to be thrilled and entertained through the whole ride. I look forward to reading more books from one of my now favorite authors and highly recommend this to anyone looking for humorous and thrilling experience in there next book.

You have to read for yourself. Absolutely unexplainable and amazing at the same time. Lots of twists and turns! I love this book so much. Will continue to read more of the authors books.
Absurd but fun story of a has-been heavy metal bass player who factions in Thailand with his young, model wife. I love how this author kills people. "Raw" was way better.
Aug 03, 2011 Alisa added it
Surprisingly enjoyable trashy novel. A nice distraction and break from 'real' life. Slightly underdeveloped characters stumble through wild circumstances in a sensational story of drugs, sex and rock n roll as well as pirates, corruption, and kidnapping. Not for the prude or the pure of heart. Makes a good vacation read....just don't bring it to Thailand!
Another beach read. I picked this one up in the bargain bin at Labyrinth's Bookstore in Princeton - another awesome bookstore! It was enjoyably frivolous and perfectly fit the setting I was in. Read the summary and if it sounds interesting to you, it won't disappoint. If it doesn't, it's probably not going to be your bag.
Sep 27, 2007 Crystal rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dudes

I picked this one up because the cover piqued my curiosity. I kept it, because the main character is an aging rock star. I read it, because the first couple pages were funny. It was a good lunchtime read. How would I describe Salty? Erotica for dudes! Even though I myself am not a dude, I could dig it. ;o)
Salty was a pretty good book, although the title aptly describes the content. I guess it's only natural that there will be a lot of sex in a book when your main characters are a rock star and a supermodel.
Very fast and fun read that could only be described as " dude lit.". Perfect for airplane rides, beaches, or lazy summer nights.
This would be a great airport/beach read. Better than I expected, it kept me entertained but sure didn't challenge me in any way.
Pretty funny. The charaters are pretty cool & everybody's life changes at the end! I enjoyed it.
Jen Shannon
Funny book with many twists in the plot. Similar in style to Carl Hiaasen--very light & enjoyable.
An okay read...nothing spectacular.
Probably a good one to read while lying on the beach....
Really funny; light reading; entertaining - sort of a sexier Hiaasen.
fun summer read
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Mark Haskell Smith is the author of five novels and the nonfiction book Heart of Dankness. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books , and Vulture.

He lives in Los Angeles, close to the best taco trucks in the city.
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