Hour of the Rat by Lisa Brackmann
(Rock, Paper, Tiger)

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In short, Brackmann has used all the writer’s tools effortlessly and flawlessly. She has told a story that both entertains and educates, and the plot, with its many facets and many characters, is still easy to follow and get hooked on.
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Iraq War vet Ellie McEnroe has a pretty good life in Beijing, representing the work of controversial dissident Chinese artist Zhang Jianli. Even though Zhang’s mysterious disappearance of over a year ago has her in the sights of the Chinese authorities. Even though her Born-Again mother has come for a visit and shows no signs of leaving. But when her mom takes up with “that nice Mr. Zhou next door,” Ellie decides that it’s time to get out of town—given her mother’s past bad choices of men, no good can come of this.

An old Army buddy, Dog Turner, gives her the perfect excuse. His unstable brother Jason has disappeared in picturesque Yangshuo, a famous tourist destination, and though Ellie knows it’s a long shot, she agrees to try to find him. At worst, she figures she’ll have a few days of fun in some gorgeous scenery.

But her plans for a relaxing vacation are immediately complicated when her mother and the new boyfriend tag along. And as soon as she starts asking questions about the missing Jason, Ellie realizes that she’s stumbled into a dangerous conspiracy that may or may not involve a sinister biotech company, eco-terrorists, an art-obsessed Chinese billionaire and lots of cats—one that will take her on a wild chase through some of China’s most beautiful—and most surreal—places.

 

About Lisa Brackmann

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Lisa Brackmann has worked as a motion picture executive and an issues researcher in a presidential campaign. A southern California native, she currently lives in Venice, California, with her three cats. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Rock Paper Tiger, was an Amazon Best Book of 2010.
 
Published June 18, 2013 by Soho Crime. 385 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Apr 15 2013

Brackmann’s likable protagonist always entertains, but the plot lacks cohesiveness.

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Good
Reviewed by The Dirty Lowdown on Jul 21 2013

In short, Brackmann has used all the writer’s tools effortlessly and flawlessly. She has told a story that both entertains and educates, and the plot, with its many facets and many characters, is still easy to follow and get hooked on.

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