Gaijin Cowgirl

Gaijin Cowgirl

by Jame DiBiasio

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Overview

Working Tokyo nightclubs is easy money for beautiful and troubled American Val Benson - until a wealthy client with a dark past - reluctantly gives up a map to a stash of Japanese war loot and tempts his favourite girl into a dangerous treasure hunt.
But the Congressman's daughter is not the only one interested in the map: Yakuza, bent cops, human traffickers, rogue CIA agents and her father are hot on her trail, snapping at her high heels.
So begins the dark, epic journey of a new anti-hero of Asian Noir, a protagonist both ambiguous and courageous, and utterly unreliable. From comfort women and tomb-raiding in Japanese-occupied Burma to the murderous echoes of the Vietnam War, long forgotten crimes come roaring back to life, as Val leaves a trail of destruction and chaos in her wake.
Together with her best friend, the equally unreliable nightclub hostess Suki, a British kickboxer and a washed up Australian treasure hunter, Val travels through Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok to the Thai-Burmese borderlands for a dramatic showdown with her pursuers. Finding the treasure before someone less deserving does is her only hope for survival, and perhaps redemption.
Gaijin Cowgirl by American writer Jame DiBiasio is a breathless page turner with a beautiful, dangerous heroine to match.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789881655707
Publisher: Crime Wave Press
Publication date: 04/19/2013
Pages: 428
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.95(d)

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Gaijin Cowgirl 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
An exciting tale that goes from Tokyo to Hong Kong and Thailand- it combines WWII and Vietnam history into a coming of age, treasure hunting adventure that left me on the edge of my seat at times. The main protagonist Val went from a self-centered, shallow young woman into a mature, caring adult. If you like history woven into your thrillers, then you'll like this one. * I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
kbaby920 More than 1 year ago
My first thought when reading the title, was that this book was going to be weird, maybe even funny or comical in some way. I know I judged wrongly before even reading. Gaijin Cowgirl is a mixture of historical fiction, vividly packed scenes and a bite of suspense that will leave the reader on edge. We follow Val Benson as she peruses through Tokyo connecting with old friends all the while making new ones. It is here that she gets her hands on an old map that leads to unspoken treasures. While I don’t agree with her methods of retrieving the map, I was a little bit peeved with the artist who made a habit of painting female genitalia; I thought this act of thievery gave the novel a more sinister appeal. And it didn’t stop there. Val finds herself hunted by others as she uses the map to seek the treasure in the Thai Jungle. As I do not want to spoil the thriller packed suspense of this novel, as going into more detail will do, I will tell you this. If this had been a movie, it would definitely not disappoint. Jame’s writing style is fascinating; he gives the reader a thrill ride type story line before packing them with a heavy punch. He doesn’t leave anything left unturned and his book was very satisfying.