Rock Paper Tiger

Rock Paper Tiger

Book - 2010
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American Iraq War veteran Ellie Cooper is down and out in Beijing when a chance encounter with a Uighur--a member of a Chinese Muslim minority--at the home of her sort-of boyfriend Lao Zhang turns her life upside down. Lao Zhang disappears, and suddenly multiple security organizations are hounding her for information. They say the Uighur is a terrorist. Ellie doesn't know what's going on, but she must decide whom to trust among the artists, dealers, collectors, and operatives claiming to be on her side--in particular, a mysterious organization operating within a popular online role-playing game. As she tries to elude her pursuers, she's haunted by memories of Iraq. Is what she did and saw there at the root of the mess she's in now?
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho, c2010.
ISBN: 9781569476406
Characteristics: 345 p. ; 24 cm.

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brangwinn
Oct 03, 2015

A good international crime story introduces the reader to Ellie Cooper, an Iraq vet who has moved to Beijing with her husband who is working for a military contractor. Separated from her husband who has fallen in love with a Chinese woman, Lisa survives by working in an ex-pat bar. She hangs around with the new artists often crashing at the apartment of a painter. With flashbacks to her military life and her unexpected involvement in the disappearance of her painter friend, we learn the toughness of this military medic. I didn’t particularly like the ending, but for me crime books are often contrived anyway. Still a good read with lots of action and an introduction to life in other countries.

PorcusWallabee Nov 15, 2012

I lived and worked in China for two years so reading Ellie's take on Chinese culture was always entertaining and informative even when the circuitous plot lagged behind.

PJMama Jul 01, 2011

I couldn't put it down, which is always a good sign. I found myself a little annoyed here and there with plot issues and insufficient character relationship development (i.e., not sure the author developed a strong enough connection between characters for the plot to be believable).

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