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Provincetown Follies, Bangkok Blues [Hardcover]

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Luang kho ngu hao. Now I put my hand in the cobra's throat.

Tuki Aparecio did not kill her lover. She did not burn down the Painted Lady--at least, not with fire. Tuki lit up the stage nightly, with her hair in braids and her glorious costumes; glittering, smoldering, singing her heart out for an audience who loved her. She brought the house down with her performances. But she's innocent of murder, innocent of arson.

How can Michael DeCastro possibly hope to defend this beautiful drag queen, who brings with her a whole pack of nasty little secrets, straight from Bangkok's notorious tenderloin district? She speaks in aphorisms, the wisdom of the Buddha combined with the lyrics of Whitney Houston. She is fascinating. And Michael can't let her go to jail.

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Pages   247
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 15, 2006
Publisher   Bleak House Books
ISBN  1932557199  
ISBN13  9781932557190  

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More About Randall Peffer

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Randall Peffer is the author of eight nonfiction books, most with a nautical angle, as well as nine crime/suspense novels. His first book, Watermen, is a documentary of the lives of the Chesapeake's fishermen. It won the Baltimore Sun's Critic's Choice Award and was Maryland Book of the Year. His novel Provincetown Follies, Bangkok Blues was a Lambda Award finalist and has been optioned for film by producer Barr Potter of Tripod Entertainment. The son of a career naval officer, Peffer holds a 100-ton masters license and has logged over one hundred thousand miles at sea, mostly in traditional working vessels. Peffer teaches writing and literature at Phillips Academy, Andover.

Randall Peffer currently resides in Boston Boston Boston And.

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was given as a gift  May 29, 2008
I had given this gift to my mom. She loves this book, the beginning really grabbed her attention
There's a new voice in crime fiction, and his name is Randall Peffer. His new novel, Provincetown Follies Bangkok Blues, is wonderful, and deserves a place in your bookcase alongside Chandler, Cain, Hammett and Woolrich.
Pretty heady praise for a pretty heady tome. Peffer's world is dark, morality is shaky, and public defender Michael DeCastro can only do his best. He has picked up his first murder case--Tuki Aparecio, an exotic and popular drag entertainer in Provincetown, is accused of arson and murder. A mysterious fire has swept through P'town's commercial district, and police hypothesize the blaze was set to cover up the murder of Big Al Costelano, a notorious playboy, real estate tycoon and mobster. The prime suspect: the victim's estranged half-Vietnamese, half-African American drag queen lover. DeCastro likes women, is uncomfortable around gay people . . . and is mightily confused by his attitude toward Tuki.
Tuki knows that her talents--in fact her life--depends on controlling information. And her lawyer knows that unless he understands the truth of Tuki's tightly fit frame-up, his client will be found guilty. It's a murky journey through the fog-shrouded streets of Provincetown and the seedy sex clubs of the Southeast Asia--but is it more dangerous than the journey towards truth that both the public defender and the drag queen must pursue?
The author captures the wild and crazy feeling of P'town in season, from the drag bars to the posh parties to the anarchic spirit of Commercial Street after dark. He has populated both Provincetown and Bangkok with very real characters with very real problems. Yet all of his characters seem to want to love--and seem to need to laugh.
The novel is told from both viewpoints, with some masterful writing to overcome this enormous task. DeCastro is straight, uptight, frightened. Tuki is ambisexual, free, frightened. Neither trusts the other, the conflict set in concrete. The author has managed to infuse humor, wit and a great deal of charm into his prose, yet the novel is character-driven with a vengeance. Michael DeCastro may not be Phillip Marlowe, he may not be Nick Charles, but he is, without question, their younger brother. And he will have time to age.

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