Chinaman's Chance

Chinaman's Chance

Book - 2005
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"It was while jogging along the beach just east of the Paradise Cove pier that Artie Wu tripped over a dead pelican, fell, and met the man with six greyhounds."
- from Chinaman's Chance

Thus begins what may be the most popular of Ross Thomas's unique stories. The combination of Wu, pretender to the Imperial throne of China, and Quincy Durant, who has his own colorful past, makes for a heady experience. After starting with the deceased pelican on a California beach, the plot mixes in the disappearance of a large sum of money that should have been buried in Vietnam, and the search for the missing member of a trio of singing sisters from the Ozarks. Only Thomas could have stirred this concoction with the style, humor, and suspense that captures the reader at the very beginning and doesn't let go until the last word.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780312334147
Branch Call Number: THOMA
Characteristics: ix, 320 pages ; 21 cm

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shapjul
Feb 12, 2011

This is the second of Ross Thomas' books that I've read and it is terrific. It's almost hard to remember it's set in the 80s as it is so reminiscent of Phillip Marlowe. The writing is spare and very strong, the characters are wonderful. While the plot is intricate and you don't know exactly what is going on from time to time, that sat just fine with me--you're along for the ride with some really good (as in interesting) companions. There's sudden outbursts of violence, on which Thomas does not linger. It's a great read.

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