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Published by No Exit Press, 25
February 2016. ISBN: 978-1-84344-826-6
A dragonfish is glittering,
elusive and valuable... like Suzy, the Vietnamese ex-wife of Oakland police
officer Robert Ruen. Now she’s run away from her second husband, a Vegas
gangster who’s using Robert to get her back.
stylish thriller is narrated by Robert, beginning ‘now’, briefly jumping back
five months to his first encounter with Mr Son, then returning to the present.
His narrative is intercut with letters from a woman to her child – the story of
their terrifying journey by boat, and, later, their life in the refugee camp.
In Robert’s memories, we learn about Suzy’s strange moods and bizarre
behaviour, alternately sheltering in his love and running from it. Gradually,
as he becomes submerged in Vietnamese America, he discovers more about the
culture Miss Hong (her real name) came from. The characters are well drawn:
Robert, mourning his loss while admitting their marriage was a mistake; the
elegant, restrained Son Junior and his terrifyingly psychopathic father; Hong
herself, through the letters. The prose is elegant, and the storyline of
Robert’s duel with Mr Son keeps you reading. Vegas, that glittering city in the
middle of the desert, and the culture of American Vietnamese people, are
elegantly-written, elegaic novel about trust and the impossibility of ever
truly knowing another person; a world that lingers with you. Highly
was born in Saigon, Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma. Vu received his MFA from
the Iowa Writers' Workshop and his PhD from the University of Nevada, Las
Vegas, where he was a Glenn Schaeffer Fellow in Fiction at the Black
Mountain Institute. He
is the winner of a Whiting Award, and his short stories have appeared in many
publications, including the O. Henry Prize Stories and
the Best American Mystery Stories. He is currently an
Assistant Professor of Practice in English and Creative Writing at the
University of Chicago. Dragonfish is his first novel. Born in
Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.