Rock Paper Tiger
by Lisa Brackmann
Review by Mel Jacob
Soho Press Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781569476406
Date: 01 June 2010 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Typical of Soho offerings with an exotic setting and gritty look at Chinese life, Lisa Brackmann's debut novel Rock Paper Tiger follows Iraq veteran Ellie Cooper as she seeks oblivion in Beijing. Her search is disrupted when she visits her artist friend and sometime lover Lao Zhang and meets a timid Uighur hiding from the authorities. When Ellie accompanies Lao Zhang to an art center, the Warehouse, for a gathering she meets purported art dealer Lucy Wu a friend of Zhang's. Later, he warns Ellie not to go home that night. She spends the rest of the novel looking for him and evading various spooks, goons, and government agents also interested in Zhang. From official release/information:
Product Description: American Iraq War veteran Ellie Cooper is down and out 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 her 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?
(Source: Soho Press)