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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 crimTwo 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....

Title : Prime
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ISBN : 9781400050086
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Prime Reviews

  • Tom Ratliff
    2018-12-10 09:13

    Stacy, did you recommend this writer to me? Or did I read about her in The Advocate? Not sure, but I'm hooked. Two gay chefs who are lovers and who run a successful restaurant in New Orleans go through crime/suspense story, and it's fun and addictive! I'm ordering the rest of her stuff ASAP, especially if on Kindel.

  • Michael
    2018-12-17 08:18

    More of Rickey and Gman's exploits and adventures in the food industry. I wished that this series went on forever.

  • Ami
    2018-12-05 08:29

    3.5 starsDidn't like it as much as Liquor; most probably because I felt the story was rather dragging with the investigation on Lenny, that just ended up going, well, nowhere. I wasn't huge on Rickey going to Dallas, be a consultant for Prime, and had the "brush with temptation" with Cooper Stark.The story did pick up, I think about the last quarter -- when Cooper (view spoiler)[was found dead (hide spoiler)] -- and all the conspiracies came to light. I actually noticed the clues in the middle, although at that time, I didn't really know the 'clues' would be important for what later become the mystery.As characters, I still enjoyed Rickey and G-Man. The contrast of their personalities were entertaining. Rickey was the hot-tempered-trouble-magnet guy, while G-Man was more pragmatic. I am still a bit uncertain with Lenny's presence in Rickey and G-Man's life. I hope the men really decided to buy Lenny out of Liquor, and made the restaurant fully theirs. Lenny was kind of, well, slimy ... being associated with him must not be good for the long run. I will continue with this series -- though I do wait for another big Kobo discount code to buy the next book ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Fran
    2018-12-15 09:22

    The second in Poppy Z. Brite's Liquor series was just as enjoyable as the first, Liquor. Prime picks up the story of Rickey and G-man, owners of the New Orleans restaurant, Liquor. Prime delves more deeply into their relationship as both business and life partners, as their success as chefs changes everything at a fundamental level. As with Liquor, I love Poppy Z. Brite's engaging and entertaining writing style. Her knowledge of food and the inner workings of the restaurant world create a richly-layered story that pulls the reader into this world that can almost be smelled and tasted. The New Orleans culture plays no small part in this series and only adds more texture and substance to the book. The juxtaposition of Dallas (where Rickey takes a consulting job as well as confronts a difficult part of his past) as a contrast in both culture and food worked very well. I liked this second installment even better than the first book.

  • Goose
    2018-12-15 04:07

    I didn't like this one as much as I liked Liquor. It could just be that I read part of Liquor while in New Orleans. Much of Prime seems shrug worthy. While I still like Brite's writing and the main characters of Rickey and G-man, the plot of this book didn't spark great interest until the final third. The supporting characters once again seemed to be trying too hard to be quirky people you might see in a Tarantino movie. Most troubling though was the development of "Most beautiful girl in the world syndrome" in this book. It seems that every gay man that sets eyes on either Rickey or G-man, find them undeniably attractive and must do everything they can to continue seeing them. Bleh. The final third of the novel earned it 3 stars but I'm hoping for something better next time around.

  • Georgiann Hennelly
    2018-12-16 10:10

    Prime is the second novel . In the New Orleans Kitchen /food/ restaurant series. It,s two years after the opening of Liquor. G-Man and Rickey are doing okay. Rickey wants to fly on his own and not be in debt to Lenny. When Rickey takes on a consulting job that will bring in much needed cash, He meets an old friend and tries to juggle ethics, pride, revenge and political mayhem. Rickey and G-Man are still an interesting and stable couple. very interesting story line.

  • Heidi
    2018-11-29 10:07

    Another story about the life and adventures of G-Man and Ricky, 2 guys who started their own restaurant. Just as the previous book, Liquor, this book is just wonderfully written and you find yourself devouring it sentence by sentence.

  • Holly Interlandi
    2018-12-16 07:15

    I knew I was in deep when Hurricane Katrina hit and my first thought was 'I hope Rickey and G-man are okay!'

  • Sarah
    2018-12-08 09:18

    One of my favourite authors. Longer review in second line.

  • Capiz
    2018-12-15 06:17

    Three things I love about this series. First: This isn't a series about being gay. It isn't a "human interest" book where the sexual orientation of the characters involved is the sole purpose of its existence -- these are stories about food and crime and New Orleans in which the sexuality of the main characters is basically irrelevant. They are gay, but the fact that they're gay has absolutely no bearing on why the rest of the events involved unfold the way they do, any more than it would if they were straight. I love that Brite (Billy) takes the sensationalism out of it. This isn't a "gay" book. It's just a book, and that's awesome. Second: The stories show a rich and abiding love for the hometown stomping grounds, but it's not a glorified, romanticized version. New Orleans is highlighted in all its flawed perfection -- it's an honest outlook told with great love. It makes me cherish the city even more because it's *not* tarted up and whored out to us in its flashy finest. Third: Plain and simple - it makes me hungry. I'm not a foodie by any stretch, but I love good food. There are few simple pleasures as fine and as accessible as eating at a new restaurant with an enticing menu, few anticipations as easy to savor gleefully as poring over that enticing menu, trying to narrow down which one of the amazing things you've read you're going to try. These books embody that exact feeling, and make me want to go rummaging around in my kitchen.

  • Autumn
    2018-12-17 04:27

    Rereading this series, I believe Liquor for the third time and this for the second time. Last picked this up 5 or 6 years ago. I love this series, mostly for the two main characters, Rickey and G-Man. The setting is great, the characters are real and fully drawn out, and these books are great at transporting you to someplace new and different. I love the details about the food they cook, the process of creating gourmet food and the day to day business of running a restaurant. Even prep is interesting in this series! I liked Liquor so much this time around, reading it this year. Something about the characters and setting just brings me to my happy place. In that book, you get to read a sweet story about two hard working, honest, just good guys becoming successful. This time, I didn't like Prime as much as I think I did when I first read it. Half of the story has to do with the New Orleans D.A.'s case against Lenny, Rickey and G Man's patron, and that just didn't seem very interesting to me. I did enjoy the development of Rickey and G Man's relationship here, and it's worth reading if you love the characters. The best thing about Poppy Z. Brite's books is the top notch character development. I can't quite put my finger on why, but all of these people just feel so real to me. Looking forward to reading Soul Kitchen again. I wish there were 100 of these books.

  • Kate
    2018-12-14 10:35

    This book has a very different flavour (har har) than Poppy Z. Brite's other works, even more so than Liquor, Prime's predecessor. While Liquor did have elements of a mystery/suspense type story in the end, it was far more about the restaurant and the food than about that aspect of the story. Prime is the other way, where it's more about the mystery, and less about the food, though the food is still definitely there. Prime also features a lot more delving into Rickey and G-Man's personal life, and their romantic relationship. I loved Liquor for being more light-hearted, but I love this one for being more personal. I also really appreciate that it's a couple that have been together for a long time, and that urgency and passion aren't there, as is natural when you've been with someone for a long time, but the deeper, long-term love is that you don't see that often in any kind of 'romantic media'. I kind of hate to use that word, since Prime is far from a romance, but it's nice to see a couple that are faithful and comfortable. And again, the food described sounded delicious. If I had the patience, and time, for cooking, I'd definitely want to try out some of that stuff. Particularly when Brite started describing all the foie gras stuff.

  • Joshua Gross
    2018-12-05 10:24

    I liked this one a little more than Liquor, but once again I had mixed feelings about it. Rickey's continued insistence on being an ignorant hot-tempered regular joe got on my nerves. He seemed so appalled by Dallas and 'fish out of water' to the extent I thought he might shrivel up and die if he didn't get home to New Orleans soon. I'm surprised his short time in New York didn't cause him to physically explode into nothingness. Rickey seems to revel in his own ignorance, and I just don't understand. Poppy Z Brite also used some really gnarly adverbs, like 'tangily' and 'gassily' in this one, and once again her dialogue came off as strange and sometimes unrealistic. On the other hand, I started to kind of get it. The relationship between Rickey and G-Man seemed more believable, I once again enjoyed reading about the food. This book was also more complex and interesting plot-wise than the previous one. I once again found myself enjoying it without realizing I was enjoying it. There were also a lot of good and creative descriptions that I appreciated and reminded me of why I enjoyed earlier books.

  • Megan
    2018-12-15 08:23

    If you have read the first book in Poppy Z. Brite's series, Liquor, you really need to read this sequel. I rated Liquor three stars, but Prime deserves four. I am about to begin the third book, Soul Kitchen. Brite writes with such an authentic New Orleans voice. I just love it when I stumble upon references to Louisiana gems such as Frankie and Johnny commercials and sno-balls. I laugh at how all of the local characters just don't understand "dry" counties and giving up beer for Lent.The setting is obviously my favorite aspect of these restaurant-based books. However, I do enjoy reading about the day-to-day drama of working as a cook, chef, etc. I've never worked in the service industry except for a college job as a barista at Pj's Coffee in the LSU student union. But I think people who have worked in the industry will savor (get it?) these books. The relationship between G-Man and Rickey faces challenges in Prime when Rickey accepts a consulting gig in Dallas. The author takes slight jabs at the huge, uninteresting (IMHO) city, which I thoroughly appreciated. I mean, come on.. what is Dallas compared to New Orleans?

  • Rogue Reader
    2018-12-04 10:18

    Rickey gets called to consult on a Dallas restaurant, and though reluctant, he and G-Man see the big bucks as a way to gain independence from Lenny. Lovely New Orleans weather, dark familiar streets, seedy secrets and dishonest politicians. Lenny sails through a dicey situation and Rickey and G-man cement and celebrate their love. They continue to celebrate good food at Liquor and mature as chef-restaurant owners.Lenny is clearly Emeril, but who is Cooper Stark - this dissolute, dubious CIA and NYC chef struggling to redeem his career in Dallas? Wish I knew the world of culinary celebs better to guess the character.Delaying D*U*C*K as long as I can - wish there were more in this series!--Ashland Mystery

  • James Berry
    2018-12-04 11:29

    I went into this series thinking that I wasn't going to enjoy it. I love Brite's horror work so much and, as someone whose bookshelf comprises mainly of fantasy, sci-fi and the like, I'm generally uninterested in "normal" plots in books. That being said, I can not and will never get enough of Rickey and G-Man. I mean, Liquor was phenomenal - striking the perfect balance of companionship and romance - and Prime does the same, all the while with obstacles, dramatics and the always-glorious artistry that is Poppy Z. Brite prose. I would write more, but I want to go buy Soul Kitchen right now.

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2018-12-02 08:19

    The book following Liquor, which I read earlier this year. Rickey and G-Man have been running their restaurant successfully in New Orleans for several years, even attaining somewhat of a local cult status. Rickey is asked to work as a consultant in Dallas, but doesn't know what lurks under the surface of the arrangement. These books are gems, not like much else out there. There is a bit of mystery in each one, but I wouldn't call them mysteries. They are set in restaurants but they aren't foodie lit (although people who like kitchen culture would enjoy them).

  • Writerlibrarian
    2018-11-28 11:31

    Prime is the second novel in Brite's New Orleans kitchen/food/restaurant universe. It's two years after the opening of Liquor. G-Man and Rickey are doing okay but Rickey wants to fly on its own and not be in debt still with Lenny. Taking a consulting job that will bring much needed cash, Rickey meets an old friend and tries to juggle ethics, pride, revenge and political mayhem. A solid story, Rickey and G-Man are still interesting and one of the most stable couple that can still make me go .. oh.. adorable in a non cutesy way.

  • Andrew Herold
    2018-12-13 08:24

    I haven't read this in years and picked it up because I was feeling both nostalgic and morose. I thought that maybe the years would have dulled it, but they didn't. I still don't particularly care for the ending which seemed too hurried to me, but I've fallen in love all over again with Ricky and G-Man. Their relationship is real and sweet and well written. I feel like I could live in their world forever. Plus Brite's descriptions of food never fails to make me hungry.

  • Marie
    2018-12-06 08:28

    On goes the story of G-man and Rickey and once again they find themselves in a plot that is beyond their doing. I got into this one more easily after getting used to the style it's an easy read. That doesn't mean it's not suspenseful because it is and once all the little pieces have been thrown onto the table and things start making sense, it's really, really good. Still not old-Poppy Brite horror brilliant but I like it. A lot.

  • Teresa
    2018-11-24 07:28

    Somehow I ended up reading this series completely out of order. I still haven't read the first book, Liquor, but plan on getting to it.Loved the story, characters and food descriptions, not to mention the locale...New Orleans. Got a kick out of Chapter 17, Rickey's "crotch rot"(it's not what you think). The little details of life as a chef made this book even more interesting.

  • K.Z. Snow
    2018-12-12 06:30

    I spent the weekend with Rickey and G-man. That alone makes me happy. Okay, so the criminal shenanigans were pretty loose-seamed and loopy, but those two characters are so gritty and grounded and unabashedly loving, anything they get involved in hooks me from the get-go. I'll suspend disbelief from here to Wonderland to get me my Rickey and G-man fix. I just adore them.

  • Marion Benwell
    2018-12-02 11:17

    J'adore cette série ! Les deux personnages principaux sont mignons, attachants, humains, gentils, ils ont de la repartie: tout ce qui faut pour les aimer. L'intrigue quant à elle tient en haleine et certains passages sont hilarants. Je le recommande à n'importe qui!

  • Julia Phillips
    2018-11-29 12:27

    Leaving the goth scene far behind, Brite nevertheless remains with her beloved New Orleans and in the series of books about chefs and restaurants (yes, chefs and restaurants) has launched two of her most lovable characters. Very quirky, very good fun, and very well written.

  • Eamon
    2018-12-07 05:29

    The second in the Liquor series, taking in Dallas as another location, and more twists, turns, and trouble for the two chefs, Rickey and G-Man. More great food talk, conspiracy and corruption, and plenty of alcohol permeate the story, and it's a thoroughly enjoyable followup to "Liquor".

  • Tammy
    2018-11-21 07:10

    I'm a little sad that Poppy traded in the Goth scene and got her grown-up on but I love her writing. I am not a foodie but enjoyed meeting G-man and Rickey. I have to backtrack and read Liquor. Very fun, fast, enjoyable read.

  • maven
    2018-11-29 04:07

    Good, with some parts that were a bit annoying. I felt like the inclusion of any women was rather noticeable, and the email/online chat references were tacky. All right otherwise though and I might read the next book when it comes out.

  • Kate
    2018-11-24 08:12

    I really enjoyed this book. I read Liquor: A Novel and I thought it was just okay. I bought this one anyway and I am so glad I did. I really liked this story and found it captivating. I'll have to buy the next one in the series now.

  • Rick Barcenas
    2018-11-27 09:17

    I've been "currently reading" this book for over a year....i'll let ya know. I put it down, it just wasn't worth my time. Only picked it up because I met the author and I used to live in New Orleans.

  • Stéphanie
    2018-12-06 06:17

    Great ! Prime is as entertaining as Liquor, still funny and the relationship between G-Man and Ricky is cute and realistic. Prime is a non-stop page turner and when you reach the end, you know that you have to read the sequel as soon as possible !