"It was while jogging along the beach just east of the Paradise Cove pier that Artie Wu tripped over a dead pelican, fell, and met the man with six greyhounds."
- from Chinaman's Chance
Thus begins what may be the most popular of Ross Thomas's unique stories. The combination of Wu, pretender to the Imperial throne of China, and Quincy Durant, who has his own colorful past, makes for a heady experience. After starting with the deceased pelican on a California beach, the plot mixes in the disappearance of a large sum of money that should have been buried in Vietnam, and the search for the missing member of a trio of singing sisters from the Ozarks. Only Thomas could have stirred this concoction with the style, humor, and suspense that captures the reader at the very beginning and doesn't let go until the last word.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(d)|
About the Author
Ross Thomas is ranked as one of the very top thriller writers by his fellow authors, and his readers loudly agree. Two Edgar Awards, and other prizes, only complement the abundant praise that Thomas has received.
Since Thomas's death in 1995, all but one of his twenty-five novels have gone out of print. This should never have happened to the man of whom The New Yorker has said, "Very few...are as consistently entertaining...even fewer can match him for style and power." St. Martin's Minotaur is proud to remedy this situation by reissuing Thomas's novels. So start reading, and prepare to join Ross Thomas's legions of admiring fans.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The story is written to be reread again and again. I miss Ross Thomas he was great. His cast of characters Wu, Durant, Otherguy etc. pull off what most authors cannot. What's with American publishers? They fill their stores with soon-to-be remaindered books and keep entertaining books off the shelf. How many lawyer-author paperbacks have to sit on the shelf until the acquisition editors get it? An original story with memorable characters. The last author I recently reread who could weave a tale like this is out of print - greenwald's spear of golgotha comes to mind, a reclusive Aussie author who could write circles around most of the junk out there. No wonder American publishers are sinking like the Titantic. Hire editors with moxy!!!
A Congressman is killed, the apparent victim of a jealous wife who immediately commits suicide. The Congressman's girl friend is Silk Armitage, a famous singer. Silk goes into hiding in Pelican Bay, disguised as a gypsy fortune-teller. Artie Wu and his partner Quincy Durant are hired to find her. This book introduces Artie Wu, Pretender to the throne of China. Wu claims to be the illegitimate son of the illegitimate daughter of the Boy-Emperor, who is also remembered as P'u Yi.