Teaser Tuesday #165 ~ Friend Of The Devil

Posted: August 9, 2016 in Teaser Tuesdays, thriller
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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at Books And A Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page.
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My Teaser for this week is from

Friend Of The Devil

A Culinary Thriller

by Mark Spivak



Genre: Thriller

My teaser from page 78 in the paperback.

“Do you have a new bill? A crisp one?”

“I think so.” he reached for his wallet. “Let me check.”

“Give me a hundred.”

“Are you kidding?” He laughed. “I’m a writer. I’ll be lucky if I have a ten.”


Read on if you want to know more.


In 1990 some critics believe that America’s most celebrated chef, Joseph Soderini di Avenzano, cut a deal with the Devil to achieve fame and fortune. Whether he is actually Bocuse or Beelzebub, Avenzano is approaching the 25th anniversary of his glittering Palm Beach restaurant, Chateau de la Mer, patterned after the Michelin-starred palaces of Europe.
Journalist David Fox arrives in Palm Beach to interview the chef for a story on the restaurant’s silver jubilee. He quickly becomes involved with Chateau de la Mer’s hostess, unwittingly transforming himself into a romantic rival of Avenzano. The chef invites Fox to winter in Florida and write his authorized biography. David gradually becomes sucked into the restaurant’s vortex: shipments of cocaine coming up from the Caribbean; the Mafia connections and unexplained murder of the chef’s original partner; the chef’s ravenous ex-wives, swirling in the background like a hidden coven. As his lover plots the demise of the chef, Fox tries to sort out hallucination and reality while Avenzano treats him like a feline’s catnip-stuffed toy.



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  1. Good one. LOL
    sherry @ fundinmental My TT

  2. Oh this sounds like a fun one! :)

    My teaser

  3. Kathy Martin says:

    This does sound like an interesting thriller. My teaser comes from Thrill Kill by Brian Thiem. Happy reading!

  4. Silvia says:

    LOL Great teaser, Laura! I didn’t know about this book, but you piqued my curiosity :)

    Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog earlier :)

  5. admin says:

    Interesting cover and fun teaser. I hope you enjoy this book!

    Here’s my Teaser Tuesday post.

  6. Alice Audrey says:

    I feel that empty wallet so personally.

  7. ljennison says:

    Good teaser! I like the humor and characterization in it.

  8. That cover! I like it. :-) It doesn’t exactly match the blurb–at least, not what came to mind. This does sound good though. Suspenseful.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I like it too. Took a little bit of reading for me to realize it does work for the story inside.

  9. Hi Laura,

    It sure sounds as though David has bitten off much more than he can chew, by becoming involved with Avenzano and his associates, especially if he plans on muscling in on Avenzano’s lady friends!

    Given the tone of the premise, one can only guess as to why new banknotes are changing hands!

    Interesting cover art, nice and simple, but really helps to tell the story.

    Thanks for sharing,


    • fuonlyknew says:

      Hi Yvonne. This one is much deeper than I was expecting. So much to captivate and intrigue me:)

  10. Intense! Thanks for sharing….and for visiting my blog.

  11. Candid Cover says:

    Such an interesting concept for a book! This one sounds like it has quite a few twists and turns and lots of intrigue. I love the teaser that you chose, as it really sets the tone for the starving author! 😉

    • fuonlyknew says:

      And I love twists and turns. LOL That teaser just jumped right out at me. Figured many could relate:)

  12. atothewr says:

    Great cover. Sounds like a good read.

  13. Colline says:

    This looks to be a story with a difference!

  14. sjhigbee says:

    Oh this one sounds like a real blast – I hope you really enjoy it:))

  15. Yvo says:

    Sounds like a great read! I hope you are enjoying it. :)

  16. fuonlyknew says:

    It’s fun and there’s a whole lot going on!

  17. This looks like a really fun book. I hope you enjoy it!

  18. So true! Funny teaser! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!