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SHANGHAIED
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Shanghaied "One of the most unusual gumshoes in mystery fiction is Chinese Mexican Wen Lei Yue (Eric Stone's Shanghaied). As Britain hands Hong Kong back to mainland China in July 1997, investigator Ray Sharp (Flight of the Hornbill) and Wen Lei Yue, his partner, are asked to find a Tibetan monk and a large sum of missing Tibetan money. VERDICT: the outcome of this gritty crime novel will shock readers. For fans of Asian mysteries by John Burdett and Colin Cotterill."
   —Library Journal

"Stone's focus isn't on the society as a whole or even on the non-stop action of the plot, but on the very human feelings and reactions of both Ray and Lei. If you're like me, these are characters that you'll be invested in by the time you close the covers of the book—and you'll want to know more. This is a well-written and compelling book, and if you are at all interested in this area of the world, it's well worth a look."
   —The Ann Arbor Chronicle

"Whatever Stone is smoking, I want some. This is bizarre but believable, tough but tender, and fast but considered. Highly recommended."
   —Lee Child, best selling, award winning author of Gone Tomorrow and a whole lot more

"Shanghaied is the fourth book from Eric Stone and it proves once and for all he is worthy of all the acclaim he's been getting. Ray Sharp is living in a Hong Kong now controlled by the Chinese and it's a different world than the one he was used to. Shanghaied moves like a speed boat through crystal clear water and this book will grab you and not let go. Nobody is writing books in Asia as well as Stone, and he is a must buy author."
   —Crimespree Magazine

"Like Ray Sharp, Stone breaks all the rules and gets away with it. There's nothing normal about this book, yet it's the abnormal that makes it sensational."
   —Colin Cotterill, author of the Dr. Siri series of mysteries set in Laos

"Fucking A, man, this is awesome."
   —Bill Cameron, author of Chasing Smoke

"Stone puts real people square in the middle of a steamy, photographically real Asia, and cranks the velocity all the way up to THRILL. I enjoyed every moment."
   —Timothy Hallinan, author of The Fourth Watcher

"Ray Sharp is an unlikely hero. He narrates his tale with self-deprecating wit, and, when unable to avoid a fight, is likely to end up on the receiving end of the beating. Best friend Wen Lei Yue is the dynamic other half of the duo. She's a feisty little thing, and her Chinese-Mexican heritage gives her the ability to be profane in multiple languages, much to Ray's oft-expressed dismay. Indeed, the dialogue between these two snaps, crackles and pops."
   —Killer Books

"Shanghaied is simply wonderful. This mystery by Eric Stone is the first I've read in the series, and I have say you probably shouldn't start with this one. I'm going to go back to the beginning of the series, The Living Room Of The Dead. Stone is a wonderful writer, and he lived and worked in modern Asia, so he's got the goods. Stone's private eye, Ray Sharp, has an associate: a Chinese-Mexican dwarf named Lei-Yue Wen. Ray and Lei-Yue have a fascinating relationship; their interactions show the deep affection in which they hold each other.
   —Charlaine Harris on her blog

"Ray Sharp is having dinner with his boss and a group of Llamas, waiting for the fireworks to mark the handover of Hong Kong from the British to the Chinese. The Lama has a job for Ray—check into some banking interests to be sure that their money is safe. Also, in passing, maybe he can find a monk that has gone missing down one of the seedier streets in Hong Kong.
Ray and his colleague Lei Yue Wen begin the kind of low-key nosing around that this kind of job entails. What they find is not encouraging. One of the major banking families has allowed one of their sons to mess up enough that the whole bank could go down. If this one bank goes, so do lots of other banks. So the interests in keeping the bank going are very strong. And they don't take kindly to Ray and Lei Yue asking questions.
Early in the book, Stone confronts one of those moments that defines Sharp as a person. There is a scene where the Lama explains why he is not a vegetarian. It boils down to "If I wasn't doing it, someone else would." Ray realizes that it all has to stop somewhere, that somebody has to draw a line. Ray can't do it for the whole world, but he can do it for himself. And he does.
Stone has written another compelling novel, one that it may be very hard to put down. About halfway through the book, the plot takes a major turn and the focus shifts from Ray to Lei Yue. This is a bit disconcerting at first, but Stone manages to make Lei Yue's story so interesting that it takes a while for the reader to notice that Ray hasn't been mentioned in a while. Keep reading. Shanghaied will almost certainly stir some kind of vehement response in readers; I'd be curious to hear your reactions."
   —Reviewed by P.J. Coldren, Reviewing the Evidence, August 2009

"The 4th Ray Sharp Novel tosses Ray into a tumultuous Hong Kong in 1997, post take over by the Chinese. He's on a job for a group of Monks investigating a bank that turns out to be as crooked as a Chicago politician in the '20s. Stone nails the setting which really adds to the narration. Hong Kong becomes another character in the novel. Stone also has great characters and while bringing back some favorites from past novels he also introduces some new ones. I really liked the over the top bad guys. Loads of fun to read. Stone has a great ability to combine fast pacing with humor keeping the reader on their toes. This was a read that is going on the re-read pile."
   —Jon Jordan, Crimespree Magazine


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