Vivienne

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February 1968. The Chinese New Year. The Tet Offensive. Vietcong ambush American units all across South Vietnam.

Meanwhile, back home, reporter Jim Quint covers the escalating antiwar protests, writing stories that brand him a coward and a traitor in the eyes of the military. So it comes as quite a surprise when he receives an invitation to dine at the home of intelligence officer Colonel Del Lambert high in the hills above Honolulu.

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Overview

February 1968. The Chinese New Year. The Tet Offensive. Vietcong ambush American units all across South Vietnam.

Meanwhile, back home, reporter Jim Quint covers the escalating antiwar protests, writing stories that brand him a coward and a traitor in the eyes of the military. So it comes as quite a surprise when he receives an invitation to dine at the home of intelligence officer Colonel Del Lambert high in the hills above Honolulu.

After a tense dinner, Lambert orders his Vietnamese wife, Vivienne, to strip for Quint; when she refuses, he bullies her into submission, promising Vivienne to Quint as a gift if he can uncover the secret she’s hiding.

Ensnared in a trap of their own making, Quint, Lambert, and Vivienne are driven by the elemental forces of desire, rage, sacrifice, and, ultimately, hope.

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“Expertly crafted. . . . Vivienne is good stuff.”—The Star-Ledger, Newark, NJ

“Tells the tale of a very twisted triangle, something straight out of Tennessee Williams.”—Booklist

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hoyt abandons his Northwest private detective series (Whoo?; Bigfoot) to immerse himself in the tangled moral and sociopolitical issues of the Vietnam War. During the costly Vietcong Tet Offensive in 1968, the VC insurgents capture the ancient city of Hue and deal an embarrassing blow to the Marine guard at the American Embassy in Saigon. Ex-GI Jim Quint, a reporter for a Honolulu paper, is assigned to cover a speech by Gen. William Westmoreland intended as damage control. Accompanying Westmoreland is career intelligence officer Col. Del Lambert, golden boy scion of a wealthy Hawaiian family. Lambert seems to know a lot about Quint and insists on introducing the reporter to his beautiful Vietnamese wife, Vivienne. At dinner on his opulent estate in Vietnam, Lambert invites Quint to participate in a twisted game of brinkmanship, tantalizing the reporter with Vivienne's naked body. His true intentions are soon revealed: Lambert believes Vivienne knows the whereabouts of missing CBS film documenting a notorious but unproven VC massacre at the village of Lon Be. The army officer promises Quint that he will free Vivienne from their loveless marriage if Quint can get Vivienne to reveal the location of the missing film. Building sexual urgency and suspense every step of the way, Hoyt skillfully weaves a vivid tapestry around the day-to-day headlines of the crucial presidential election year of 1968. This hard-hitting drama should please fans of Hoyt's detective fiction, and could do especially well if marketed to readers of mainstream and military thrillers, as well as to the mystery fans who will recognize Hoyt's name. (Dec.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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A newspaperman forges a dangerous relationship with a diabolical Army Intelligence officer and his sexy, hapless but far from helpless Vietnamese wife. It's 1968, and Jim Quint, a former Army draftee from Montana, is a crackerjack newshound in Hawaii temporarily assigned to the military beat. Sporting hippie hair and a loud aloha shirt at one of General Westmoreland's press conferences, Quint finds himself paired off with grizzled Colonel Del Lambert, not only Westmoreland's intelligence aide but also a member of one of Hawaii's wealthiest families. After grumbling about an unidentified security leak that's giving secret military information to the Viet Cong, Lambert, first, blasts Quint's evenhanded coverage of antiwar protestors and, then, second, gets chummy. At a cozy dinner at Lambert's mountain estate, the colonel not only acknowledges the reporter's attraction to Vivienne, his gorgeous Vietnamese wife, but also crudely forces Vivienne to strip before, then embrace and kiss, Quint. Later, while Quint tries to lose himself in the busy tedium of his paper's newsroom, Lambert (who, Quint learns, has been pressuring the paper to have him fired) offers Quint his wife's sexual favors—provided Quint will use his journalistic connections to locate some missing newsreel film of Viet Cong atrocities that, if made public, would encourage a greater American military commitment in Viet Nam. Before Quint can say no, he and Vivienne have delicious sex in a car parked in a downtown Honolulu lot—this after Vivienne begs Quint to help her thwart the US censors by sending her mail to Viet Nam under his name. Already in too deep for his, or anyone's, good, Quint agrees. In themeantime,things in Viet Nam, and with Vivienne and Lambert, seem to spin wildly out of control. Another oddball tale from Hoyt (Tyger! Tyger!, 1996, etc.) that reads like a newsroom copyboy's daydream, with blind-siding plot twists tottering on the edge of improbability, then the whole redeemed by a skewed vision of innocence gone horribly wrong. Kingsolver, Barbara PRODIGAL SUMMER HarperCollins (464 pp.) Nov. 1, 2000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812578621
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/19/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Hoyt, a graduate of the University of Oregon, is a former fellow of the Washington Journalism Center and holds a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Hawaii. He served as U.S. army counterintelligence agent, wrote for daily newspapers in Honolulu, and was a stringer for Newsweek magazine. He taught journalism at the University of Maryland and at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Or.

Hoyt is the author of the John Denson mysteries, the James Burlane thrillers and numerous other novels of adventure, espionage and suspense including two under the pseudonym of Nicholas van Pelt. In researching and writing in more than two dozen countries in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, he has ridden trains across the Soviet Union and riverboats down the Amazon. He now lives in the Philippines.

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