The Chieu Hoi Saloon by Michael Harris

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Set against the backdrop of the riots sparked by the beating of African American motorist Rodney King, Vietnam vet and reporter Harry Hudson wanders the city to forget his troubled past. Trying to cope with the posttraumatic stress disorder that has plagued him since his military tour, the overweight, depressed, and sex-obsessed Hudson stumbles through the underbelly of South Central LA, where he meets Mama Thuy, a Vietnamese woman struggling to run a Navy bar in a tough Long Beach neighborhood, and Kelly Crenshaw, an African American prostitute whose husband is in prison. As both women give Hudson a new outlook on life and faith, he discovers the shared humanity of all members of society. Suspenseful and thrilling, this noir-style novel is also a detailed character study of victims of racial, social, and economical tensions.

About Michael Harris

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MICHAEL HARRIS began writing The Atomic Times in 1955 when he was an army draftee stationed on Eniwetok and finished fifty years later. In between, he married novelist Ruth Harris (in 1970) and spent years as a public relations executive at CBS Television, eleven of them on the staff of The Ed Sullivan Show. In addition to welcoming the Beatles at the airport on their first trip to the United States, he is the author of Always on Sunday, the bestselling (and unauthorized) biography of Ed Sullivan.
Published October 1, 2010 by PM Press. 377 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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