Prime by Poppy Z. Brite
A Novel (John Rickey and Gary 'G-man' Stubbs)

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Two years after the opening of Liquor, New Orleans chefs Rickey and G-man are immersed in the life of their restaurant, enjoying a loyal cast of diners, and cooking great booze-laced food. All’s well until a bad review in a local paper not-so-subtly hints that their “silent” backer, celebrity chef Lenny Duveteaux, has ulterior motives. When Lenny is accused of serious criminal activity by eccentric D.A. Placide Treat, Rickey and G-man realize it may be time to end their dependence on him.

When Rickey is offered a plum consulting job at a Dallas restaurant, it seems the perfect way to beef up their bank account. But taking the gig will mean a reunion with Cooper Stark, the older chef with whom Rickey shared an unsettling cocaine-fueled encounter back in culinary school, as well as dealing with gung-ho Texas businessman/restaurateur Frank Firestone. At G-man’s urging, Rickey finally accepts the offer and revamps Firestone’s menu to rave reviews.

Home in New Orleans, Rickey has just settled back into his daily kitchen routine when he receives disturbing information that forces his return to Dallas. As Placide Treat’s machinations grow ever more bizarre, G-man learns that there’s more to the story—and that Rickey is in Texas-size danger.

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About Poppy Z. Brite

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Poppy Z. Brite is the author of seven novels, three collections of short stories, and much miscellanea. Known for her horror fiction, at present she is working on a series of novels and short stories set in the New Orleans restaurant world. Her novel Liquor was recently published to general critical acclaim, and her followup novel, Prime, will be released in 2005. She lives in New Orleans with her husband Chris, a chef.
Published March 16, 2010 by Crown. 306 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Feisty horror stylist Brite--of 1992's Lost Souls, still her best--returns with a sequel to Liquor (2004).

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Prime: A Novel (John Rickey a...

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Called Liquor, the eatery succeeds because - and in spite - of the backing of not-so-silent partner Lenny Duveteaux, a celebrity chef suspiciously similar to Emeril Legasse.

Apr 20 2005 | Read Full Review of Prime: A Novel (John Rickey a...

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