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
Branch Call Number: FIC/BRACKMANN
Characteristics: vi, 345 p. ; 24 cm.


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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.

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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