Generals who are running the country are getting blown up. As far as hard-boiled pulp fiction goes, James Hadley Chase is a top-notch writer who deserves greater recognition. Nhan goes to Blackie the owner of the club where she works. He wrote as R. You are commenting using your Facebook fod.
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The Viet Cong are causing havoc at police checkpoints. Generals who are running the country are getting blown up. Americans and Europeans are still in town doing business. Steve Jaffe is such a businessman. He has a villa and servants and a mistress he found in a dancehall. So what happens one day when he tries to hang a painting and finds that there is a cache of diamonds hidden in the wall.
They belong to the government now. With dreams if wealth slipping through his fingers, greed takes over Jaffe, who loses his cool and ends up strangling his butler. Of course, this is the corrupt Saigon of the early sixties and, when Jaffe disappears, other elements are out to find him and get the diamonds. It is not noir. It is not hardboiled. Filled with caricatures of Vietnamese people and what would today be politically incorrect references, the story is simply not compelling, not even with the exotic location.
Hilarious that the cover depicts a platinum blonde when of course Miss Quon is a Vietnamese bar dancer. As far as hard-boiled pulp fiction goes, James Hadley Chase is a top-notch writer who deserves greater recognition. This novel is a fully engaging thriller, in which one bad move leads to another, with increasingly horrific results. Surprisingly for this genre and this era, not only does the author not stoop to goofy Asian I found my copy, quite appropriately in a back-alley Rangoon bookshop.
Surprisingly for this genre and this era, not only does the author not stoop to goofy Asian stereotypes, but the title character of Miss Quon comes across as well-rounded, and certainly the only sympathetic character throughout its pages.
A Lotus for Miss Quon