Wolfe readers will recognize many familiar themes and character types in Back to Blood. When a Cuban cop assists in the rescue of a Cuban political refugee, resulting in the refugee's deportation, the Cuban community turns against the cop, as does his Cuban girlfriend, who is having an affair with her white boss, a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist's specialty is treating wealthy patient's sexual addictions, but his own sexual addictions are on full display. The psychiatrist's number one patient is a lover of modern art, and brings his doctor into the world of big money art shows. The Russian art patrons he meets, however, might be involved in moving high-dollar fakes.
Back to Blood is fast-moving, light reading, but I found it to be a very satisfying read. Wolfe's use of language, vivid descriptive passages, right-on dialogue, and sense of reality sucked me in; I found myself looking forward to the next time I could dive into the book. All that said, I still felt like it was just a notch below some of Wolfe's great prior works. It's definitely worth a read, not to be missed by Wolfe fans, and sure to be enjoyed by readers who discover him for the first time.