by Lisa Brackmann
Review by Mel Jacob
Soho Press Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781616950712
Date: 01 May 2012 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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She meets a handsome stranger, Danny, on the beach and they have drinks and dinner. Later they end in her apartment in bed, but two thugs rob her and injure him. The name on one thug's belt implies he may be a drug lord. The police take Danny to the hospital for stitches.
When Michelle follows up, she learns Danny was discharged and she has no idea where he lives. Seeking the friends of his she met that first evening, she asks for Danny's address because she has his cell phone and she suspects he has hers.
When she reaches Danny's apartment, he's not there, and someone left a gruesome souvenir, a rotting pig's head. She snaps several pictures and is about to leave when Danny shows up. She helps him dispose of the pig's head and retrieves her phone. She decides to leave the oppressive heat and the puzzles in Puerto Vallarta.
However on the way to the airport, the taxi is stopped by the police who find drugs in her possessions. They arrest her and take her to jail. Eventually, a friend of Danny's, Gary, shows up and agrees to help her in exchange for keeping tabs on Danny. He provides her with money and a hotel, but not her passport.
Michelle learns Danny flies private charters, and she suspects he may run drugs. He's attractive, but she's suspicious. She doesn't trust him or Gary.
Some readers may wonder at Michelle’s naiveté and how she survives the beatings and near murder. Her stamina is amazing. Too, the drug lords and government agents, while nasty, fail to stop her. Michelle is both naïve and resourceful.
Brackman can't resist laying on the high-fashion names and merchandise associated with the good life in L.A. Drinking, invective, and explicit language are de rigueur. With the success of Rock Paper Tiger, more adventures with female protagonists in foreign locations are likely to follow.