Rock Paper Tiger

Rock Paper Tiger

Book - 2010
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When a chance encounter with a Muslim fugitive drops her down a rabbit hole of conspiracies, Ellie must decide whom to trust among the artists, dealers, collectors, and operatives claiming to be on her side.
Publisher: New York : Soho, c2010.
ISBN: 9781569476406
1569476403
Branch Call Number: FIC/BRACKMANN
Characteristics: vi, 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.

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librabarbarian
Jan 06, 2012

Good for a first novel. Very interesting to read about China in a fictional context. Author's take on how best to counter the Chinese government is refreshing. I'm looking forward to Brackmann's next novel.

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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