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3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  116 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Welcome to sunny Hawaii, where the palm trees sway, the tropical breezes blow, and a gangland-style turf war is erupting. Joseph is one of the best chefs in Honolulu, but these days the opakapaka and ono aren't the only things heating up. When a TV producer flies to the islands to film a pilot, a fight-to-the-finish breaks out over who will cater the shoot. Will it be Jose ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 9th 2007 by Atlantic Books (first published March 8th 2005)
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Jun 28, 2007 Sammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-the-good
What a vulgar yet addicting read. I don't really know if I can say more than that really. I was so surprised by how into this book I got. The only reason it took me so long to read it was because I didn't have a lot of time to sit down and read it.

This is almost one of those novels you just have to read to know what I'm talking about. I'm still trying to figure out why I liked it so much.

There were multiple story lines coming out of one central plot, but all of them were developed, interesting a
Jul 07, 2011 Chic2SD rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG what a f'ed up book. I loved it. What is wrong with me. I am a dark comedy book lover to the maximum degree? Cannibalism, Male whores, gigglo's, drugs, booze, hitmen, etc.. Whatever that is bad for you this book had it. This is LA Hollywood meets island time in watching a movie producer try and film a movie on the Island. Battling locale customs and trying to work with the Hawaii Union's appear to be a battle for the mainlanders. The Hawaiians appear to be some pretty proud and tough people. ...more
Steven Wilson
Feb 06, 2011 Steven Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, home-library
Another excellent novel from Mark Haskell Smith. This is the 3rd of his novels that I have read (Moist, and Salty being the first two), and one thing that they all have in common is that they had me hooked from the word go and I didn't want to put them down until I reached the end. MHS is an incredible storyteller. His novels remind me of Pedro Almodovar films - they start with several seemingly different story threads that eventually intertwine (or collide) with each other. The characters that ...more
May 09, 2010 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This goes down as the fastest I have ever read a novel. I began reading this book 4 days ago and I just finished. I think I read 180 pages in the first sitting. Smith really knows how to write an engaging novel. I am not surprised by this after reading his first novel, "Moist", in a rather short period of time as well.

Just like "Moist" the characters in the novel really drive the entire thing. They are twisted people with problems. Drug problems, sex problems, girl problems, every problem you c
Mark Haskell Smith is a screenwriter who can't write a proper chapter: instead, he writes scenes separated typographically, each one quickly setting the place and the characters involved. The place is largely the Island of Oahu, although a few interesting bits occur in Las Vegas. As in a Shakespearean comedy, many stories are woven together such that one constantly wonders what each has to do with the others. Something significant happens to each of the characters and each is changed in the end. ...more
Karen Winters
I borrowed it from a library based upon its Hawaiian setting, an interest in the culinary industry and some of the characters sounded quirky and interesting. I found it to be a little too pornographic for my taste. Reads like a romp of a screenplay, basically, with episodic cross cutting back and forth between different story lines. It would be fine for a light beach read, I suppose.
Nov 09, 2014 Diogenes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Smith's delightful series of fanciful adventures, this one set in Honolulu (with surprisingly accurate locale descriptions). Enjoyable and frivolous, but captivating, Smith seems balanced between adventure and off-the-wall fantasy. Fast, happy read.
Apr 28, 2012 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aloud
This, the second published work of fiction by Mark Haskell Smith, was excellent. While it was not as compelling as his first novel, this book was grown of a very creative idea and turned into another fascinating read. So far, Mark Haskell Smith's writing is far outside of my typical interest. But the edginess of his stories keep me coming back for more. Tomorrow, I begin his third work of fiction, Salty.
May 04, 2009 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Smith is really a master of engaging stories. This book is immensely creative and tremendously engaging. It's an action packed romp from beginning to end. Engaging characters, detailed setting, thrilling plot- this book has it all. I think "Moist" was even better, but "Delicious" does not disappoint.
Andrew Cheney-Feid
This has got to be one of my all-time favorites from this author. The characters (despicable or loving) and setting are winners all the way around.

I finished it in two sittings!
Craig Faustus Buck
Mark Haskell Smith is like Elmore Leonard on speed, only funnier. Both "Moist" and "Delicious" are immensively creative, side-splitting romps.
Jul 07, 2008 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as Salty, but entertaining all the same. It is funny, but is a bit raunchier than Salty. I liked it but did not love it.
Jul 09, 2008 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twisted, funny stuff. I winced a few times, but kept laughing. Nice job on getting the Hawaiiana details accurately
another fun read from mark haskell smith. perfect vacation reading, especially if you plan to visit hawaii..
Nov 11, 2014 Diogenes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of fun with some Elmore Leonard-type characters and a suprisingly twisted plot.
Slow starter, full of wierd characters, but a terrifically funny ending.
Probably my favorite of his. I want to read "Heart of Dankness" next week!
Jul 13, 2012 Daisy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this twisted guy!
Nov 04, 2013 Greg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
painfully boring
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Mark Haskell Smith is the author of five novels and the nonfiction books Naked at Lunch and Heart of Dankness. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Independent, Salon, Literary Hub , and Vulture.

He lives in Los Angeles. He likes Mexican food.
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