Rock Paper Tiger (An Ellie McEnroe Novel)

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Author: Brackmann, Lisa

Details: About the Author Lisa Brackmann is the critically acclaimed author of the Ellie McEnroe novels set in China (Rock Paper Tiger, Hour of the Rat, Dragon Day) and the thriller Getaway. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal and CNET. She lives in San Diego with a couple of cats, far too many books and a bass ukulele. You can find her online at Product Description American Iraq War veteran Ellie Cooper is living in Beijing when a chance encounter with a Uighur—a member of a Chinese Muslim minority—at the home of her sort-of boyfriend Lao Zhang turns her life upside down. Lao Zhang disappears, and suddenly multiple security organizations are hounding Ellie for information. They say the Uighur is a terrorist. Ellie doesn’t know what’s going on, but she must decide whom to trust among the artists, dealers, collectors, and operatives claiming to be on her side—in particular, a mysterious organization operating within a popular online role-playing game. As she tries to elude her pursuers, she’s haunted by memories of Iraq. Is what she did and saw there at the root of the mess she’s in now? Review Praise for Rock Paper Tiger“Lisa Brackmann’s novel gets off to a fast start and never lets up . . . Ellie is a perfect spunky heroine . . . Be prepared for a wild ride.”—The New York Times Book Review“Recommendation for More Thrills: This pulse-racer about an American Iraqwar vet is set in the art world of Beijing.” —Entertainment Weekly“Lisa Brackmann’s debut novel is as slick and smart as an alley cat . . . Beijing in Rock Paper Tiger is as it is in real life: fast, furious, often ugly, and with a Starbucks sitting on every corner.” —Time Out Beijing“Check out Rock Paper Tiger. It's a mystery/action novel that pretty much pulls off something I would have thought improbable: combining an account of Iraq-war drama (the emphasis is on Abu Ghraib–type themes), with a portrayal of the urban China of these past few years, complete with overhyped art scene, dissident bloggers, lots of young expats, and constant uncertainty about what the government will permit or crack down on.” —The Atlantic“Don’t turn the pages too fast. Brackmann’s evocation of China, funny, frustrating, frightening, sometimes tender, and always real, is worth savoring.” —Nicole Mones, author of Lost in Translation and The Last Chinese Chef   “An original and compelling protagonist . . . Brackmann maintains the tension throughout, and we're given a surrealist peek at China's subterranean society.” —Japan Times“The contemporary China so vividly rendered in Lisa Brackmann's bracing debut novel is a place where the Starbucks baristas ‘all know the English words for coffee'’ and housing developments are named after glamorous U.S. hotspots . . . Rock Paper Tiger is a gripping ex-pat nightmare that unfolds with superb pacing and salient details. And it makes you damned glad your life is boring.” —The Miami Herald, a summer reading recommendation   “A remarkable debut . . . Brackmann paints a mesmerizing picture of life in jittery modern Beijing.” —The Seattle Times   “Lisa Brackmann’s timely and hip debut novel is a thriller with a plucky heroine, locales actual and virtual, and grounding in the Abu Ghraib scandal . . . Brackmann can write.” —The Boston Globe   “At the top of the Most Promising New Author list is Lisa Brackmann with Rock Paper Tiger . . . A terrifying tale of life and death behind the Bamboo Curtain.” —The San Diego Union Tribune   “Rock Paper Tiger is a splendid debut novel by a gifted new writer. Her Chinese setting is exotic and chilling, and the characters live and breathe. The story is smart and fast as a sports car. Keep an eye on Brackmann.” —T. Jefferson Parker, author of The Renegades and Iron River   “Few writers would be up to the challenge of blending the worlds of urban China, Iraq, and a virtual online kingdom—but Lisa Brackmann wildly succeeds. Prepare to taste the smog, smell the noodles,

Languages: English

Item Condition: New

Binding: Paperback