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Eighteen MM Blues
     

Eighteen MM Blues

by Gerald A. Browne
 

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The settings range from deep inside the gem world of San Francisco to deep beneath the dangerous waters of the Andaman Sea off the coast of Burma. Two Japanese women pearl divers come up with the precious, incredible "blues" and are immediately, viciously murdered. But the spirit of the diver named Setsu refuses to rest until vengefully satisfied. Julia Elkins -

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The settings range from deep inside the gem world of San Francisco to deep beneath the dangerous waters of the Andaman Sea off the coast of Burma. Two Japanese women pearl divers come up with the precious, incredible "blues" and are immediately, viciously murdered. But the spirit of the diver named Setsu refuses to rest until vengefully satisfied. Julia Elkins - beautiful, impetuous and sexually inspired by gem dealer Grady Bowman - is the person Setsu's spirit chooses to manipulate and influence in order to have her revenge. Julia accompanies Grady on a gem-buying trip to Rangoon, unaware of the intrigues, perversities and perils that lie ahead.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although skeptical readers may demur when a murdered ama (Japanese pearl-diver) inhabits an American body at a couple of crucial moments, Browne ( Stone 588 ; 19 Purchase Street ) ultimately inspires a willing suspension of disbelief in yet another world-class look at the international jewel trade. Gem dealer Grady Bowman and artist Julia Elkins, after a divorce and a failed suicide attempt, respectively, are rebuilding their lives and falling in love. They trek to an international gem sale in Rangoon, where Grady acquires a huge, masterfully cut ruby. But in a murderous attack by unknown white men in a Bangkok water taxi, Grady loses the gems in the river. He and Julia are invited to the pearl farm and estate of cultured pearl magnate Kumura, where he, Julia and the gem-cutter son of the dead ama go after blue pearls in the Andaman Sea. They're threatened by Kumura's limited partner, a decadent Frenchman who's not what he pretends to be. Despite a dangerously cute love story and Kumura's unlikely use for blue pearls, Browne's tale succeeds, thanks to a violent, satisfying ending and his mastery of fascinating gem lore. Literary Guid and Doubleday Book Club alternate selections; ad/promo. (Mar.)
Alice Joyce
The title of Browne's latest thriller refers to the awesome size of rare blue Burmese pearls. Without skipping a beat, he plunges readers into a story of brutal murders, mysticism, and mayhem. When Setsu and Michiko, the divers who located the uncommon treasure, are murdered by Bertin, the sleazy captain of their pearling boat, he's left with fantastic wealth "and" a witness to his crime. Switching locales to San Francisco, Browne homes in on Grady, a gem merchant, and his girlfriend, Julia, who are about to travel to Burma to purchase precious stones. As the tale unfolds, Thailand provides the setting for all manner of intrigue. Expect a considerable demand for this exciting, tightly written caper.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446365772
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
01/31/1994
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.15(w) x 6.74(h) x 1.05(d)

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