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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Stealing the Dragon

Maleeny, Tim. Stealing the Dragon. This one was actually kind of fun. A new series about P.I. Cape Weathers and his sometimes partner Sally, a trained assassin. When a ship smuggling Chinese refugees runs aground on Alcatraz, the entire crew is found murdered, and Cape's friend Sally is missing. Cape navigates San Francisco's China Town in search of Sally, encountering some scary Triad characters, political complications with the mayor's race, and some colorful characters; at the same time, chapters about Sally's background in Hong Kong, her early training, and connections to Chinese organized crime alternate with the San Francisco sections. Cape Weathers may be intended at the lead, but Sally steals the show.

Maleeny has recently been nominated for the Macavity Award for his short story 'Til Death Do Us Part.

Fiction. Mystery. 2007. 365 pages.


  1. Love the book's cover!

  2. This does sound interesting! I will have to check it out further. Thanks for the review.

    (I agree with Stephanie--that's a great cover.)

  3. stefanie - I like the cover, too. I saw another similar one, though, yesterday. I can't remember where, but it had Japanese organized crime in the content. Stealing the Dragon dealt with both Chinese and Japanese organized crime.

    L.F. - For a debut novel, he came up with some interesting characters. Cape Weather's first name is "Capon"--can imagine that would cause some interesting comments...

  4. Liz Williams' Detective Inspector Chen books have gotten me interested in more Asian mystery/detective stuff so I'll have to check this one out.

  5. Carl- I still haven't gotten around to Liz Williams books, but I thought of them again because of the cover. :)