Publisher: Oldcastle Books
Publication Date: February 25, 2016
Binding: Kobo eBook
'That rare hybrid marvel – a literary thriller, a narrative of migration and loss that upends the conventions of any form' – Dinaw Mengestu, author of All Our Names,
New York Times Notable Book 2015
Robert, an Oakland cop, still can’t let go of Suzy, the enigmatic Vietnamese wife who left him two years ago. Now she’s disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent Vietnamese smuggler and gambler who is blackmailing Robert into finding her for him. As he pursues her through the sleek and seamy gambling dens of Las Vegas, shadowed by Sonny’s sadistic son, ‘Junior’, and assisted by unexpected and reluctant allies, Robert learns more about his ex-wife than he ever did during their marriage. He finds himself chasing the ghosts of her past, one that reaches back to a refugee camp in Malaysia after the fall of Saigon, and his investigation uncovers the existence of an elusive packet of her secret letters to someone she left behind long ago. As Robert starts illuminating the dark corners of Suzy’s life, the legacy of her sins threatens to immolate them all.
Vu Tran has written a thrilling and cinematic work of sophisticated suspense and haunting lyricism set in motion by characters who can neither trust each other nor trust themselves. This remarkable debut is a noir page-turner resonant with the lasting reverberations of lives lost and lives remade a generation ago.
'Splendidly crafted and thrillingly told, the narrative is driven by the fundamental quest at the heart of much great literature: the quest for a self, for an identity. Vu Tran is an exciting new literary voice' — Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winner