Iraq War vet Ellie McEnroe has a pretty good life in Beijing, representing the work of controversial dissident Chinese artist Zhang Jianli. Even though Zhangas 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 athat nice Mr. Zhou next door, a Ellie decides that itas time to get out of townagiven her motheras 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 itas a long shot, she agrees to try to find him. At worst, she figures sheall 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 sheas 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 catsaone that will take her on a wild chase through some of Chinaas most beautifulaand most surrealaplaces.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 Hey, a I say, in ... aThe one I put on your cell?a She nods. aIf 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|
|Publisher||:||Soho Press - 2013-06-18|