Missionary Stew

Missionary Stew follows political fundraiser Draper Haere on a quest to uncover the secret behind a right wing coup in an unnamed Central american country Haere seeks the information in order to get dirt on his boss s opponent in the 1984 US Presidential election Haere s pursuit of the truth repeatedly puts Haere s life in danger, as the powers that be stop at nothing toMissionary Stew follows political fundraiser Draper Haere on a quest to uncover the secret behind a right wing coup in an unnamed Central american country Haere seeks the information in order to get dirt on his boss s opponent in the 1984 US Presidential election Haere s pursuit of the truth repeatedly puts Haere s life in danger, as the powers that be stop at nothing to keep the episode buried Along the way, Haere carries on an affair with the wife of his candidate and enlists the aid of Morgan Citron, an almost Pullitzer winning journalist who has recently been released from an African prison where the prisoners where fed human flesh the titular missionary stew Together Citron and Haere face up against cocaine traffickers, Latin American generals, corrupt US officials, and Citron s estranged, tabloid publisher mother.
Missionary Stew Missionary Stew follows political fundraiser Draper Haere on a quest to uncover the secret behind a right wing coup in an unnamed Central american country Haere seeks the information in order to get d

  • Title: Missionary Stew
  • Author: Ross Thomas Roger L. Simon
  • ISBN: 9780312327064
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Missionary Stew”

    1. Any book with a character named Velveeta Keats cannot be all that bad. This was a very entertaining book, like Elmore Leonard hopped up on government cheese, washed down with a drink of John Barth and served with a chilled dessert of Dostoevsky. I have not read Thomas before, but I will look for more of his works. At one point I wondered how in the world he would tie up all the loose ends, but he did nicely. Witty, well written and fun.

    2. Start with a hapless French-American journalist imprisoned by the Emperor-President of a small African country. The Emperor is a cannibal, which is admittedly worrisome, but the journalist is rescued by Amnesty International and returned to the United States. He’s penniless but makes his way to Los Angeles. Through a freak connection, which as it happens is no coincidence at all, he meets a movie star who offers him on the spot a job as superintendent of an apartment building she owns in Santa [...]

    3. I've slept on Ross Thomas for too long. The "Elmore Leonard of espionage" comparison is accurate. This book is wild and fun. It has the kind of "America F Yeah!" cynicism that I appreciate mixed with the idea of trying to do the right thing in desperate circumstances, even if its done for selfish reasons. Funny, fast, and to the point, it's my kind of read.

    4. Ross Thomas is so enjoyable to read with characters like velveeta keats and Morgan Citron. Missionary Stew is a mixture of politics, corruption, coups, and a touch of canibalism. The dialogue is one of the books best parts.If you haven't read one of Ross' books, pick up Briarpatch or this book for a great read.

    5. The late Ross Thomas was a political money man (Dem) who worked in Washington and California. About half his books follow the same characters and take place in DC, at a fictional bar located where Mackey's Pub is. The other half are unconnected, and can flit from Singapore to the Deep South to California. Missionary Stew probably is Ross's best--it flits from Africa to Southern California to France to South-East Asia, and finally to the jungles of Central-South America. Although Ross's books are [...]

    6. This stew has all the requisite ingredients for an entertaining tale--political intrigue, nefarious dealings by both the CIA and the FBI, a Central American dictatorship, ambition, adultery, even cannibalism. Who could not look forward to reading about a wacky love interest named Velveeta Keats whose over-the-top father is named B.S. Keats? So initially the book's recipe for entertainment looks great.But this story failed to capture my interest, perhaps because there are too many ingredients, pe [...]

    7. I don't normally like political satire, the targets are too easy and the clubs used to beat them are too big and used too frequently, ultimately killing the humour and leaving nothing but a sticky sarcastic mess. That is until I read this book. At the end of the first chapter I had the beginnings of a slight smirk, but, by the end of the last chapter, the problem was getting the smirk off of my face. It might have been the strange, off-balance, totally twisted, often sinister characters, that so [...]

    8. The core of any Ross Thomas plot is the merry interplay between two unlikely, often dissolute buddies, left to navigate their way through the Washington military-industrial complex. This offering throws in an appearance by an Idi Amin-like African dictator who dabbles in cannibalism, and various rootless drifters who pass through Malibu and points south. One of the author's best, a great unmade film project meant as a gift for director Frank Perry. ow/gNZNz

    9. can't believe this guy was out of print or as long as he was. it makes no sense. if you want to read the flowery prose of an MFA don't read this book. if you love wonderfully rounded characters, smart tight narratives, and a wink then read all of his books. boom.

    10. Thomas is great, and I can't believe I went so long without reading any of his books. He's now supplanted Richard Condon as my favorite writer of "satirical thrillers", although none of his books seem to have achieved the popular status of The Manchurian Candidate or Prizzi's Honor.

    11. An entertaining political thriller with a cynical and satirical viewpoint. It is a great shame that most of his works are now out of print but worth finding.

    12. I didn't think too much of it at first but the story and the characters grew on me, right through to the end.UPDATE: I'd give it closer to 4.5 stars than 5 but I still love it.

    13. One of my favorite novels by Ross Thomas, which is saying a lot. Characters you love or love to hate, and a great tale of political intrigue.

    14. Another fun novel from Ross Thomas. This time our protagonist is a journalist rather than a detective or government operator, which gives it an interesting twist. The plot really moves on this one.

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