A Review ( And Giveaway, Too) of Gaijin Cowgirl by Jame DiBiasio
Publisher: Crime Wave Press (March 8, 2013)
Formats: Print & eBook
* I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Working Tokyo nightclubs is easy money for beautiful and troubled American Val Benson - until a client with a rather unusual hobby - painting the private parts of his female liaisons - reluctantly gives up a map to a stash of Japanese war loot and tempts his favourite girl into a dangerous treasure hunt.
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, Val travels through Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok to the Thai-Burmese borderlands for a dramatic showdown with her pursuers. Finding the treasure before everyone else does is her only hope for survival, and perhaps redemption.
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. So, I'm going to give it:
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