Hour of the Rat

Soho Crime. Jun. 2013. 384p. ISBN 9781616952341. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781616952358. F
Imagine you are only 27 and have already survived the Iraq War, a jerk of an ex-husband, a busted-up leg, and, to top it all off, the Chinese Secret Service is keeping tabs on you. Meet Ellie McEnroe. She lives in China, which allows her to groom her career as an art dealer for Chinese political artists. The problem is the DSD, or the Chinese FBI, is out to interrogate her about some of her clients. It's time to move along, and Ellie heads to the famous tourist destination of Yangshuo to help a war buddy track down his brother. Hence begins a wild trip through China as Ellie tries to find said brother and stay out of trouble herself.
VERDICT Brackmann, author of the well-received Rock Paper Tiger and The Getaway, has crafted another fresh crime novel for hard-core fans who like reads that are slightly off-kilter and don't quite follow genre conventions.
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