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Dragonfish

A Novel
By: Vu Tran
Narrated by: Tom Taylorson, Nancy Wu
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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A thrilling work of sophisticated suspense set amid the Vietnamese underworld in Las Vegas.

Robert, a rugged Oakland cop, still can't let go of Suzy, the mysterious Vietnamese wife who left him. Now she's disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent Vietnamese smuggler and gambler who blackmails Robert into finding her for him. Pursuing Suzy through the glitzy, sleazy gambling dens of Las Vegas, Robert finds himself chasing the past that haunts Suzy - one that extends back to a refugee camp in Malaysia after the fall of Saigon. Her daughter, abandoned long ago, is now a steely professional poker player. The dangerous legacy of Suzy's guilt threatens to immolate them all, including Happy, her best friend.

Taut, cinematic storytelling; vivid dialogue; and mesmerizing atmosphere combine here with beautiful, original prose to create an unforgettable novel.

©2015 Vu Tran (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States
  • 10-23-15

Like our hero, also from Oakland, no there, there.

Moody dark noire made more interesting because of the cultural Vietnamese influences, still much ado about very little. Jilted anti-hero, policeman seeks ex-wife who is now mobster wife. Some violence, some pathos. Nobody in this book is very likable and at the end of the day I just didn't care who won, or who lost least. Still it reminded me of a 1940s black-and-white movie that might have featured Orson Welles and Mary Astor (if Mary Astor had been Asian). On that basis, give it a try and see what you think.

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Slight

Accidentally downloaded this book and found that it was very slight foolish story rushed right through it could not recommend it

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Highly recommend

I enjoyed the very specific and accurate descriptions of Vegas. I don't read much noir, but this novel made me want to explore the genre even more, which is one of the reasons I find it so successful. I highly recommend this book.

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Chromatic and Spellbinding

This short novel defies genre categorization. A scintillating literary thriller/mystery/noir (and a bit of magical realism) in which Robert, an Oakland cop with a streak for the vigilante, searches Las Vegas for his Vietnamese ex-wife who's disappeared from her current husband, a Vietnamese gangster.

At once, brash, brilliant, tense and tender. Shortly after pressing play, this short novel's literary cadence and suspenseful symmetry had me spellbound.

The narration is flawless.

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Very enjoyable

Good story with great characters. The actors did a great job reading as well.
Worth a credit.