Saint Jack by Paul Theroux

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Jack Flowers knew he needed to shake things up when he jumped into the Straits of Malacca and hitched a ride to Singapore. Deftly identifying the fastest route to fame along the seedy port, Jack starts hiring girls out to lonely tourists, sailors, bachelors — anyone with some loose change and a wandering eye — soon making enough money to open two pleasure palaces. But just as Jack is finally coming into his own, a shocking tumble toward the brink of death leaves him shaken, desperate to pull himself up to greatness. Depressed and vulnerable, he’s quick to do business with Edwin Shuck, a powerful American working to take down an unsuspecting general. Marked with Paul Theroux’s trademark biting humor and audacious prose, Saint Jack is a gripping work from an award-winning author.

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PAUL THEROUX is the author of many highly acclaimed?books. His novels?include?A Dead Hand?and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star?and?Dark Star Safari. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.
Published October 21, 2014 by Mariner Books. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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During this time a man called Leigh who comes to audit Big Hing's books and views Jack's poncing with pinch-nosed disapproval suddenly dies -- reminding Jack of himself -- summoning up his whole past as well as the shaky rationale of his present.

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