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Michelle Finazzo | 281 comments ***Open discussion of THE WHOLE BOOK below, no spoiler marks needed. Be sure you have finished the book before reading any further! Note: if this is your first visit to this topic I recommend you read this post about discussion ideas, then skip down and post your initial response, then read and respond to other people's posts.***

At the very least check in here when you finish and tell us if you enjoyed the novel. I'll post specific discussion ideas below, along with some general topics we've seen repeated throughout the book.

Full Book Discussion:

1) Did you find any character's actions/decisions particularly reprehensible?

2) What was your favorite development in the plot?

3) Do you plan to read the sequel The Cartel?

General Discussions:

1) Share your favorite quote(s) from this section.

2) Share your favorite word(s) used in this section.

3) Do you have a favorite or most intriguing character?


GO!


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Michelle Finazzo | 281 comments DAMN, Why Did You Do That?
Fabian Martinez killing Parada outside of the Guadalajara airport in a Scachi fueled set-up was too much for me. In the big picture, I presume the priest needed to die in order for Nora to be emotionally available for Callan, but the trade off was a tough pill for me to swallow.


YAY for this Plot
I was pleasantly surprised that Callan was reunited with his old friends from Hell's Kitchen. I thought it was genius that Mickey Haggerty who witnessed Callan's first hit was the person to recognize him in a dive bar in California. I wasn't sure the reintroduction was going too well when Callan woke up to Big Peaches and O-Bop pointing guns at him, but I thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue during this part of the story. "Now we got to get you sobered up, get some good food into you. A little fruit-you wouldn't believe the fruit out here. Not just the peaches either. I'm talking pears, oranges, grapefruit so pink and juicy they're better than sex, I'm telling you."

I got a kick out of hard core East Coast characters migrating to the West Coast and changing lifestyles, but remaining the same at heart. "Peaches has become a health nut, like everyone else in California. He's still three bills and change, but now he's a tan three bills and change with a low cholesterol number and a high-fiber diet." It's hilarious how all of Big Peach's problems are now solved with citrus fruit, sun, and Rollerblading. "Honest to God, you should see him on those Rollerblades. People like run out of the way. It's like some Japanese horror movie. Wopzilla."

Little Peaches also lends amazing narrative during the reunion. "'They don't got phones in Mexico? Little Peaches asks. You can't call people, let them know you're alive?"

"Where was I supposed to call you? Callan asks. You're in the Witness Fucking Protection Program. If I could find you, so could other people."

"All the other people are in Marion, Peaches said."

"No shit, Callan thinks. You put them there. Old-school Big Peaches turned into the most spectacular songbird since Valachi."


Yay or Nay?
I plan on reading The Cartel, I'm just not sure how quickly I'll jump back into this morally murky swampland of a story.


Favorite Quotes
"Lucky for Quito, living as he does in TJ, he's right next door to the world's biggest arms supermarket, Los Estados Unidos."

"Because loyalty is not an American virtue, Adan thinks, nor is long memory."

"He's an unrelenting analyst; he thinks things through, performs intellectual surgery until he cuts to the bottom line."

"The fucking mick was just sitting in the barracks having long conversations with Johnnie Walker."

"You got everything except twenty midgets tumbling out of a little car."

"Guero Mendez - the Willy Wonka of nose candy."

"The Lamp starts to look pretty much like everywhere else, and the holdout porn places, alkie-bars and SRO hotels resemble aboriginal Indians drunkenly loitering in the parking lot of American commerce."

"Sitting here now in this Puerto Vallarta bar, he can smell the burning flesh. Ain't enough scotch in the world to cleanse that smell."

"A professional liar knows that the key is not to make his lies look like the truth, but to make his truth look like lies."

"And Tio's plan is, as usual, brilliant. Even in its total, crack-inspired depravity it is deadly accurate in its perception of individual human nature. This is Tio's genius-he knows that a man who would never have the weakness to set a great evil into motion doesn't have the strength to stop it once it's moving. That the hardest thing in the world isn't to refrain from committing an evil, it's to stand up and stop one."


Favorite Words
Mojados, raffish silver hair, auto-da-fe, inveighs, little finch-like face, interstitial moments, dicso-pyrotechnic flash, sobriquet, cortege, and a whole lethal alphabet soup.


Favorite Character
Nora in the end was possibly the character with the most depth for me. She couldn't be easily categorized and things about her, like her relationship with Prada, were still a bit of a mystery for me at the end. I was satisfied with her decision to turn on Adan and thought that it built suspense in the story as we watched her execute a long term con.


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