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The Living Room of the Dead: A Novel

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Falling in love has consequences — there's nothing new about that. But when an elite Brit falls for a Russian prostitute and wants to get her away from her pimp in Macau and marry her, those consequences become deadly.

Journalist Ray Sharp doesn't need someone else's troubles, but when his colleague pleads for help, his conscience won't let him say no. What seems like a simple favor entangles Ray in a maze of horror and violence that leads from the glittery nightclubs and sleazy brothels of Macau to a chamber of horrors on an island in the South China Sea and finally to Russia's Mafia-infested Pacific seaport of Vladivostok.

Based on a true story, The Living Room of the Dead takes place in the milieu of the decadent ex-pat life in Hong Kong and Macau at a dizzyingly dramatic time: These cities are about to fall back under Chinese rule. Fearful, people grab for whatever they can get. The air itself reeks of sex, money, and power. Here the only thing a person can count on is what's inside himself. For Ray, even that is something to wrestle with.

Review:

"[A]modest, and marginal, first novel....An amateurish debut effort. Imagine what Graham Greene would have done with the same material." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Eric Stone knows the dark underbelly of Asia and he writes it with a connoisseuur's accuracy." Charles Fleming, author of After Havana

Review:

"The Living Room of the Dead is a stylish, fresh take on classic noir themes. You won't soon forget Eric Stone's vivid depictions of Macau and Vladivostok — or the sad, doomed characters who think they're simply passing through." Laura Lippman, Edgar Award-winning author of By a Spider's Thread

Review:

"Exotic in setting, expert in the telling, and exciting from first page to last....A unique and compelling novel." Ed Gorman, author of Everybody's Somebody's Fool

Review:

"Chandler and Hammett come to life in contemporary Macau. Exotic, dangerous, deadly, fun." Allan Folsom, New York Times bestselling author of The Exile

Review:

"An original and compelling, a page-turner with the spare, relentless style of Dennis Lehane or Michael Connelly." John Farris, bestselling author of The Fury

Review:

"A wild thriller, rolling the reader through an exotic Hong Kong — sometimes sensuous, sometimes beautiful, always dangerous." Meredith Blevins, author of The Hummingbird Wizard

Synopsis:

When an elite Brit falls for a Russian prostitute and wants to get her away from her pimp in Macau and marry her, the consequences become deadly.

Synopsis:

Falling in love has consequences---there's nothing new about that. But when an elite Brit falls for a Russian prostitute and wants to get her away from her pimp in Macau and marry her, those consequences become deadly.

Journalist Ray Sharp doesn't need someone else's troubles, but when his colleague pleads for help, his conscience won't let him say no. What seems like a simple favor entangles Ray in a maze of horror and violence that leads from the glittery nightclubs and sleazy brothels of Macau to a chamber of horrors on an island in the South China Sea and finally to Russia's Mafia-infested Pacific seaport of Vladivostok.

Based on a true story, The Living Room of the Dead takes place in the milieu of the decadent ex-pat life in Hong Kong and Macau at a dizzyingly dramatic time: These cities are about to fall back under Chinese rule. Fearful, people grab for whatever they can get. The air itself reeks of sex, money, and power. Here the only thing a person can count on is what's inside himself. For Ray, even that is something to wrestle with.

About the Author

Eric Stone worked as a journalist in Asia for eleven years, eight of them in Hong Kong. The Living Room of the Dead is his first thriller.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780765312976
Author:
Stone, Eric
Publisher:
Forge Books
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
China
Subject:
Journalists
Copyright:
Publication Date:
June 2005
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.68x5.84x.99 in. .99 lbs.

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Product details 304 pages Forge - English 9780765312976 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A]modest, and marginal, first novel....An amateurish debut effort. Imagine what Graham Greene would have done with the same material."
"Review" by , "Eric Stone knows the dark underbelly of Asia and he writes it with a connoisseuur's accuracy."
"Review" by , "The Living Room of the Dead is a stylish, fresh take on classic noir themes. You won't soon forget Eric Stone's vivid depictions of Macau and Vladivostok — or the sad, doomed characters who think they're simply passing through."
"Review" by , "Exotic in setting, expert in the telling, and exciting from first page to last....A unique and compelling novel."
"Review" by , "Chandler and Hammett come to life in contemporary Macau. Exotic, dangerous, deadly, fun."
"Review" by , "An original and compelling, a page-turner with the spare, relentless style of Dennis Lehane or Michael Connelly."
"Review" by , "A wild thriller, rolling the reader through an exotic Hong Kong — sometimes sensuous, sometimes beautiful, always dangerous."
"Synopsis" by , When an elite Brit falls for a Russian prostitute and wants to get her away from her pimp in Macau and marry her, the consequences become deadly.
"Synopsis" by ,
Falling in love has consequences---there's nothing new about that. But when an elite Brit falls for a Russian prostitute and wants to get her away from her pimp in Macau and marry her, those consequences become deadly.

Journalist Ray Sharp doesn't need someone else's troubles, but when his colleague pleads for help, his conscience won't let him say no. What seems like a simple favor entangles Ray in a maze of horror and violence that leads from the glittery nightclubs and sleazy brothels of Macau to a chamber of horrors on an island in the South China Sea and finally to Russia's Mafia-infested Pacific seaport of Vladivostok.

Based on a true story, The Living Room of the Dead takes place in the milieu of the decadent ex-pat life in Hong Kong and Macau at a dizzyingly dramatic time: These cities are about to fall back under Chinese rule. Fearful, people grab for whatever they can get. The air itself reeks of sex, money, and power. Here the only thing a person can count on is what's inside himself. For Ray, even that is something to wrestle with.

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