"Fans of such thriller writers as Leonard Elmore and Carl Hiaasen will find a lot to like here: wise-cracking crooks, tough broads, nefarious government agents, an ordinary Joe out of his depth, plot twists, and scenery with character." --The Asian Review of Books (Hong Kong)
"No cliches. No BS. Thrillers written with a wry sense of humor in the mean-streets, fast-car, tough-talking tradition of Elmore Leonard." --The Edge (Singapore)
"Fast-paced, intriguingly filled with dodgy money and dodgier characters, dialogue which is gritty and realistic." --The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
"The most delightful improbabilities are artfully woven together to form the plot of THE BIG MANGO. This witty, inventive, and most of all thrilling thriller is ... [a] heady, bloody, luxurious, sordid fictional romp." --The Nation (Thailand)
From the Big Apple, to the Big Orange, to the Big Mango. It does have a kind of nutty logic to it. Bangkok is about as far as Eddie Dare can go without falling off the edge of the world, although at times Eddie wonders if that isn't exactly what he has done.
$400,000,000 is in the wind, the result of a bungled CIA operation to grab the Bank of Vietnam's currency reserves when the Americans fled Saigon in 1975. A few decades later, the word on the street is that all that money somehow ended up in Bangkok and a downwardly mobile lawyer from San Francisco named Eddie Dare is the only guy who can find it.
The problem is, Eddie knows nothing at all about the missing money. At least he doesn't think he does. But so many other people believe he's got an inside track that he and his old marine buddy Winnebago Jones figure it's worth a shot to head for Bangkok and try their luck.
But first Eddie and Winnebago have to battle the jagged netherworld of modern-day Thailand - a corkscrewed realm where big-time dealers tango with small-time hustlers, criminals on the lam mingle with politicians on the take, and the merely raffish jostle with the downright scary for center stage in the big leagues of weird.
If they can overcome all that - as well as outmaneuver a freelancing CIA man, a pack of angry Secret Service agents, and a ruthless Vietnamese intelligence woman - maybe they can find out what really happened back in Saigon all those years ago.
And where those ten tons of money are.