Hour of the Rat

Hour of the Rat

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Iraq War vet Ellie McEnroe has a pretty good life in Beijing, representing the work of controversial dissident Chinese artist Zhang Jianli. Even though Zhanga€™s mysterious disappearance of over a year ago has her in the sights of the Chinese authorities. Even though her Born-Again mother has come for a visit and shows no signs of leaving. But when her mom takes up with a€œthat nice Mr. Zhou next door, a€ Ellie decides that ita€™s time to get out of towna€”given her mothera€™s past bad choices of men, no good can come of this. An old Army buddy, Dog Turner, gives her the perfect excuse. His unstable brother Jason has disappeared in picturesque Yangshuo, a famous tourist destination, and though Ellie knows ita€™s a long shot, she agrees to try to find him. At worst, she figures shea€™ll have a few days of fun in some gorgeous scenery. But her plans for a relaxing vacation are immediately complicated when her mother and the new boyfriend tag along. And as soon as she starts asking questions about the missing Jason, Ellie realizes that shea€™s stumbled into a dangerous conspiracy that may or may not involve a sinister biotech company, eco-terrorists, an art-obsessed Chinese billionaire and lots of catsa€”one that will take her on a wild chase through some of Chinaa€™s most beautifula€”and most surreala€”places.I go into the bathroom, shut the door, and turn on the water in the sink. Get out my iPhone and touch a number. It rings a few times and goes to voice mail. Fuck. a€œ Hey, a€ I say, in ... a€œThe one I put on your cell?a€ She nods. a€œIf you dona#39;t hear from me in a couple of hours, call it and explain whata#39;s going on. And if therea#39;s no ... To get my story straight, plan what Ia#39;m going to say, whata#39;s safe to admit and what isna#39;t.

Title:Hour of the Rat
Author:Lisa Brackmann
Publisher:Soho Press - 2013-06-18


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