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Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves
by Dave Lowry


Overview - Driving home after being kicked out of college, Tucker meets and picks up the mysterious Corinne Chang at a rest stop. Infatuated, and with nothing better to do, he ends up with her in St. Louis, where he gets a job as a chef in a Chinese restaurant. Even though he s a gwai lo a foreign devil his cooking skills impress the Chinese patrons of the restaurant, and his wooing skills impress Corinne when she joins him there as a waitress.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Driving home after being kicked out of college, Tucker meets and picks up the mysterious Corinne Chang at a rest stop. Infatuated, and with nothing better to do, he ends up with her in St. Louis, where he gets a job as a chef in a Chinese restaurant. Even though he s a gwai lo a foreign devil his cooking skills impress the Chinese patrons of the restaurant, and his wooing skills impress Corinne when she joins him there as a waitress. But when Chinese gangsters show up demanding diamonds they believe Tucker s kind-of, sort-of, don t-call-her-a-girlfriend stole, he and his friends which luckily include a couple of FBI agents have to figure out just who is gunning for Corinne and how to stop them. Good thing Tucker is a Mandarin-speaking martial arts master who isn t afraid to throw the first punch.

With its one-of-a-kind hero, Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves is perfect for anyone who loves cooking, Chinese culture, bad jokes, and young love. Diamonds are forever . . . unless Chinese mobsters decide they want them back."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780547973319
  • ISBN-10: 0547973314
  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Publish Date: July 2014
  • Page Count: 278
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.52 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-03-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

Restaurant critic and nonfiction author Lowry’s wry debut novel combines a caper story with foodie culture in an entertaining mix. The fictitious Beddingfield College in Lancaster, N.H., has just expelled 21-year-old Tucker, who soon after meets beautiful hitchhiker Corrine Chang at an I-93 rest stop and wins her over with his Mandarin. He offers Corrine, who had been working as a gemologist at a Montreal diamond shop, a lift to Buffalo, N.Y., and realizes during the trip that she might be in trouble, when she receives a threatening message on her cell phone. After dropping her off in Buffalo, Tucker proceeds to St. Louis, Mo., to live with his friend Langston Wu and work as a chef at a Chinese restaurant. Shortly thereafter, Tucker learns that Corrine really is in trouble: her former employer, Mr. Sung, has disappeared with $15 million in diamonds, betraying the Flying Ghosts, a Chinese criminal gang. Lowry has produced a zestful first novel, with snappy dialogue, though readers may find the Chinese cuisine and slow-developing romance between Tucker and Corrine more appetizing than the familiar crime fiction ingredients. Agent: Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency. (July)

 
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