Synopses & Reviews
A quick wit and a sharp tongue wont be enough to help Captain Chyang Fang survive this case.
In Ron Lealoss newest military thriller, The Sixth Man, someone has been murdering high-ranking Vietnamese government officials and the opium-addled head of Saigons Homicide Division, Captain Chyang Fang, has been given the task of finding the killer who leaves a toy cobra on the body of each victim.
Capt. Chyang Fang the narrator of this violent downbeat thriller set in contemporary Vietnam is the chief homicide inspector in Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon). The authorities tolerate Fang even though he's half Chinese thanks to his success rate in solving murders. Behind his back people refer to Fang as "gookinese." A pair of killers American Frank Morgan (aka the Night Snake) and Montagnard Luong last seen in Lealos's Don't Mean Nuthin' are bent on avenging the slaughter of the villagers of Dac Sun during the Vietnam War. They're believed to be behind the recent assassinations of two politburo members and a former security chief. A photograph left with the bodies suggests that at least two more powerful men are targeted and Fang knows the sordid story behind the photo. Fang is under constant threat and has to choose a careful path if he's to survive. The constant use of ethnic slurs by all the characters and the bleak picture Lealos paints of Vietnam and its people detract from this macho adventure. (July) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
A quick wit and a sharp tongue alone won't be enough for Captain Chyang Fang to survive this case.
Someone is murdering high-ranking Vietnamese government officials, so the head of Saigon's homicide division, Captain Chyang Fang, a troubled Chinese Vietnamese man, is given the task of finding the killer. Hated by almost everyone in Saigon and an outcast in both Chinese and Vietnamese circles, Fang has to rely on his wit, biting sarcasm, and not-so-capable assistant, Sergeant Phan--a man who would rather play on his smartphone than work--to find the killer who leaves toy cobras on the bodies of his victims.
With the aid of a hunchbacked coroner who honed his skills watching episodes of CSI, and following a key lead that stretches back to the days of the Vietnam War, Fang is led on an opium-addled journey through modern-day Saigon, and if the killer doesn't get him, the city and its people surely will.
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About the Author
Ron Lealos graduated from Western Washington University and studied fiction under Tom Spanbauer for several years as part of the Dangerous Writing group in Portland, Oregon. In his non-writing life, he has developed, manufactured, and marketed a rapid home test for the detection of HIV antibodies. He is also the author of Pashtun and Dont Mean Nuthin. He resides in Vancouver, Washington.