The author of the military thrillers Pashtun and Don’t Mean Nuthin’ delivers “a fresh, enjoyable crime novel . . . with a twist of intrigue and history” (Kirkus Reviews).
Someone is murdering high-ranking Vietnamese government officials, so the head of Saigon’s homicide division, Captain Chyang Fang, a troubled Chinese Vietnamese man, is given the task of finding the killer. Hated by almost everyone in Saigon and an outcast in both Chinese and Vietnamese circles, Fang has to rely on his wit, biting sarcasm, and not-so-capable assistant, Sergeant Phan—a man who would rather play on his smartphone than work—to find the killer who leaves toy cobras on the bodies of his victims.
With the aid of a hunchbacked coroner who honed his skills watching episodes of CSI, and following a key lead that stretches back to the days of the Vietnam War, Fang is led on an opium-addled journey through modern-day Saigon, and if the killer doesn’t get him, the city and its people surely will.
Praise for Ron Lealos’ Pashtun: “Lealos writes about Afghanistan as if he’s been there . . . The sordidness of this ugly war shines through it all.” —Publishers Weekly
“Pashtun will keep you turning the pages following hero Frank Morgan’s plunge into assassination, survival and revenge.” —James Bruno, bestselling author of Havana Queen
About the author
Ron Lealos graduated from Western Washington University and studied fiction under Tom Spanbauer for several years as part of the Dangerous Writing group in Portland, Oregon. In his non-writing life, he has developed, manufactured, and marketed a rapid home test for the detection of HIV antibodies. He is also the author of Pashtun and Don’t Mean Nuthin’. He resides in Vancouver, Washington.
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