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Robert, a rugged Oakland cop, still can't let go of Suzy, the mysterious Vietnamese wife who left him. Now she's disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent Vietnamese smuggler and gambler who blackmails Robert into finding her for him. Pursuing Suzy through the glitzy, sleazy gambling dens of Las Vegas, Robert finds himself chasing the past that haunts Suzy - one that extends back to a refugee camp in Malaysia after the fall of Saigon. Her daughter, abandoned long ago, is now a steely professional poker player. The dangerous legacy of Suzy's guilt threatens to immolate them all, including Happy, her best friend.
Taut, cinematic storytelling; vivid dialogue; and mesmerizing atmosphere combine here with beautiful, original prose to create an unforgettable novel.
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By Verl on 10-23-15
Like our hero, also from Oakland, no there, there.
Moody dark noire made more interesting because of the cultural Vietnamese influences, still much ado about very little. Jilted anti-hero, policeman seeks ex-wife who is now mobster wife. Some violence, some pathos. Nobody in this book is very likable and at the end of the day I just didn't care who won, or who lost least. Still it reminded me of a 1940s black-and-white movie that might have featured Orson Welles and Mary Astor (if Mary Astor had been Asian). On that basis, give it a try and see what you think.
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