Anthony Hyde Formosa Straits

ISBN 13: 9780517174173

Formosa Straits

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"[AN] INTRIGUING THRILLER . . . A fast-paced, multilayered plot."

*SanFranciscoChronicle
When Chinese-American entrepreneur Nick Lamp ventures to Taipei to meet with Cao Dai, a shady, influential underground boss, he's hoping for a promise of investment. But dead men don't invest. When Nick finds the murdered man in his apartment, he becomes the prime suspect *and the prey * in a game that threatens to crush more than just his business prospects. . . .
"IRRESISTIBLY ENJOYABLE."

*St. Louis Post-Dispatch
One thing's clear: Nick's been framed and he's the only one who can find out why. From the neon back alleys of seedy Taipei to the desolate mountains of central Taiwan and finally to China, Nick frantically dares to piece together an intricate story woven with sordid secrets, political betrayals, prostitution *and a shattering truth about his own father. . . .
"A FIRST-CLASS THRILLER WRITER . . . There are few North American writers of spy, espionage, or adventure novels who can hold a candle to him."

*USA Today
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Hyde (China Lake) publishes rarely?this is only his third novel in 10 years?and it's easy to see why so much time passes between books. An expert craftsman, he makes every word count, carefully constructing memorable characters and, here, a Chinese puzzle box whose innermost chamber holds a politically explosive secret. At the same time, Hyde can tell a ripping tale. This one plunges into intrigue at once, as narrator Nick Lamp retreats from the corpse he's just discovered: the body of Cao Dai, Taiwan's top gangster but an old family friend, shot dead. As businessman Nick goes on the run to escape arrest by overzealous Taiwanese cops as well as possible retribution from Cao Dai's powerful family, his mixed ancestry of a Chinese father and American mother prompts in him many lengthy but always penetrating musings on Chinese mores and ways. Soon, Nick realizes that the key to the killing and to his safety lies in an old photo taken in Shanghai, of several revelers including his father?and Mao's last wife. Able to trust no one except, maybe, his American girlfriend, Nick wends a violent way toward the mainland and that city (as travelogue alone this novel soars) and toward revelations tied through intricate knots to the balance of world power. The final pages serve Nick a fate so poetically just that it rings false, but that's the only significant flaw in this otherwise unusually intelligent and finely wrought thriller.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

YA?The classic suspense novel dumps a "normal guy" into a vast conspiracy and lets readers cringe and shiver as the protagonist uses luck and wits to survive ominous situations. Nick is the normal guy here, a Chinese businessman raised mostly in the West. He stumbles onto the corpse of a shady Taiwanese billionaire, and the stumbling continues as he tries to figure out why the Taiwanese police and Japanese agents are after him, why an American lawyer is so friendly, and whether his new lover is to be trusted. He scrambles to Hong Kong and Shanghai in search of the secret linking the murder victim to his dead father. Hyde sets himself a tough task in weaving an involved plot out of over 50 years of Chinese and Taiwanese history, and he doesn't entirely succeed: much of the historical exposition is boring, a flaw in a book that must keep readers zipping along. Moreover, the novel's credibility depends on Nick's actions immediately after finding the body, but those actions are too stupid to believe. Still, stupidity and contrivances aside, the writing is smooth, and Hyde generates just the right amount of confusion to keep readers hooked?even through the slow parts.?Chip Barnett, Rockbridge Regional Library, Lexington, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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