A Novel

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A New York Times Notable Book of 2015"Vu Tran's Dragonfish is that rare hybrid marvel—a literary thriller, a narrative of migration and loss that upends the conventions of any form." —Dinaw Mengestu, author of All Our Names
Robert, an Oakland cop, still can't let go of Suzy, the enigmatic Vietnamese wife who left him two years ago. Now she's disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent Vietnamese smuggler and gambler who's blackmailing Robert into finding her for him. As he pursues her through the sleek and seamy gambling dens of Las Vegas, shadowed by Sonny's sadistic son, "Junior," and assisted by unexpected and reluctant allies, Robert learns more about his ex-wife than he ever did during their marriage. He finds himself chasing the ghosts of her past, one that reaches back to a refugee camp in Malaysia after the fall of Saigon, as his investigation soon uncovers the existence of an elusive packet of her secret letters to someone she left behind long ago. Although Robert starts illuminating the dark corners of Suzy’s life, the legacy of her sins threatens to immolate them all.Vu Tran has written a thrilling and cinematic work of sophisticated suspense and haunting lyricism, set in motion by characters who can neither trust each other nor trust themselves. This remarkable debut is a noir page-turner resonant with the lasting reverberations of lives lost and lives remade a generation ago.

Baker & Taylor
Unable to forget the mysterious Vietnamese wife who left him and blackmailed by her second husband into searching for her, a rugged Oakland cop infiltrates the sleazy gambling dens of Las Vegas to uncover his ex's painful past in a Malaysian refugee camp.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, c2015
ISBN: 9780393077803
Branch Call Number: FIC TRA
Characteristics: 298 p. ;,25 cm.


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Aug 06, 2017

It's well written but I would never read another book by this author. There's a lot of graphic violence and everyone is miserable.

Oct 31, 2015

From the reviews I expected more

Oct 26, 2015

I know that the noir mystery has been around for a long time. I know there’s a sort of “recipe” for writing one, but I also know that Dragonfish is done well. With flashbacks to life in Viet Nam and the escape on the boat connecting the story to a missing wife in Las Vegas, the author shows his worth. His writing is straightforward---just what I like in a cop mystery. I look forward to more writing by this debut author.

rere3 Aug 20, 2015

It took me a bit to get into the story - just a light read with a few things to think about.

Aug 19, 2015

chronical richly satisfying work of pure noir x goes in search of missing vietnamese wife in sas vegas

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