Try the Morgue by Eva Maria Staal
A Novel

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From a real-life female gunrunner comes this international bestseller and unforgettable literary debut.

Ten years ago, “Eva Maria Staal” kept a gun in her purse. It was a present from her boss, Jimmy Liu, the international arms dealer extraordinaire with a taste for high-class male escorts. Together, Jimmy and his devoted assistant traveled the world’s most dangerous hotspots, closing deals with ruthless warlords and corrupt generals, and trading Stinger missiles in Karachi, AK-47s in Chechnya, and hollow-point bullets in Islamabad. But burdened by her conscience, Eva Maria finally got out, married an optometrist, and had a baby. Now, assailed with memories of her secret life, she must reconcile her suburban present with a repressed but ineradicable past, one that blasts a hole so deep she doesn’t know how to love her own daughter. Writing with a knowing intelligence only an insider could provide, this pseudonymous author has created a debut with remarkable intensity that examines the razor-thin line separating those who are drowned from those who are saved.

About Eva Maria Staal

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Eva Maria Staal is the pseudonym of a best-selling Dutch writer who was involved in the international arms trade. She is a regular contributor to Dutch Monthly magazine, among other publications.
Published October 15, 2012 by Liveright. 224 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Staal debuts with an autobiographical novel, the author Staal following a fictional Eva Maria Staal, a young woman “lured away” from her job with a company manufacturing night-vision goggles by Jimmy Liu, a Canadian-Chinese arms dealer.

Sep 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Try the Morgue: A Novel

The Boston Globe

As Eva Maria Staal’s debut novel, “Try the Morgue,” opens, Maria, her 25-year-old protagonist, has been lured by the promise of a “better salary and more ‘intelligent’ work” into taking a position as assistant to Jimmy Liu, an international arms dealer.

Nov 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Try the Morgue: A Novel

Shelf Awareness

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Chinese author Mo Yan, "who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary," according to the citation read by Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy.

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