by Hughes Keenan on Tour April 2014
Published by: L'etranger Books
Publication Date: 2/1/2014
Number of Pages: 512
Synopsis:Born to wealth and nobility, Jack Muerce is obligated to bestow a favor that draws him into a string of grisly murders that stain the Lenten calendar as his own season for atonement and absolution unfolds. The grotesque condition of the victims’ bodies mimic a series of six famous Medieval tapestries on display at the city’s elegant fine arts museum, and earn the killer the name - The Death Weaver.
As the dismembered and elaborately embroidered corpses turn up across the city, Muerce comes face-to-face with a genocidal war criminal known as the Dragon, a psychopathic plastic surgeon, a flamboyant mob boss named Titty Boy, and his own shameful demons from the past. Like the tapestries, Muerce struggles to balance the five senses of earthly desire with his chivalric duty - A mon seul desir!
Saigon Laundry is the first book of the Atonement Trilogy.
I really loved this book!
I was a little hesitant at first to start because it is such a big book but the story is very complicated and takes a good bit to set it up right so you get the most out of it. I did however, not know until the end that it wasn't finished. You would think such a big story would wrap up but it didn't. Which is okay, because the story and the character, Jack Muerce is too juicy to let it go in just one book.
So, I am glad to see that there will be 2 more books coming to explain what was left out of Saigon Laundry. I only hope that it doesn't take too long in coming because I tend to forget important information if it takes too long in between.
If you love mysteries/thrillers, this book will be right up your alley! It has everything you could possibly want, even a love/hate relationship with the main character, Jack Muerce. I was very upset with him about a few things, mostly how he treats Ashley and the dumb decisions he makes regarding other women.
The old stereotype of "boys will be boys" is definitely true in this book. I just wish he had shown better judgment and that he wasn't idolized by all the other men in this book. It did have a little bit of a condensing view of women and I really don't generally like books that do that. But, this story was so good, I forgave the character, just this once. Hopefully, he learns his lesson and the next 2 books don't continue down this line, because it's too good a story not to read.
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Author Bio:Hughes Keenan began his writing career at The Kansas City Star and was a member of the staff awarded the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for reporting.
He has been a correspondent for United Press International, The Associated Press, Reuters and Bloomberg News, covering war, politics, sports and finance.
His first novel, The Harvest Is Past, was a finalist for the Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.