Riding the Snake

Riding the Snake

A Novel

Book - 1998
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After a Los Angeles lawyer is killed by the Chinese mafia, his brother flies to Hong Kong, accompanied by a black woman detective. Together they battle an organization smuggling drugs and immigrants into the United States.
Publisher: New York : Morrow, c1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780688158057
0688158056
Characteristics: 383 p. ; 25 cm

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PolyWogg
Sep 17, 2017

PLOT OR PREMISE:
Stephen J. Cannell is an expert at pulling PR successes with fluff on the TV airwaves. This book is no exception. It takes a wealthy playboy (who never measured up to his father's standards) and a black female cop (who came from the streets) and throws them together to investigate a crime committed by Asian tongs. About the only thing missing from the demographics are gays because we also have Russians and international intrigue. The short plot summary is that playboy Wheeler Cassidy loses his seemingly straight-laced brother to an Asian tong war involving immigrants "riding the snake" to America and the "free" elections in Hong Kong as it reverts to Chinese rule. Along as his investigative partner is a black cop, Tanisha Williams, being investigated for having ties still to her "hood", and therefore assigned to a desk in the Asian bureau of the LAPD. She investigates the death of Cassidy's brother, and the brother's secretary, and it all leads off to Hong Kong -- taxi!

WHAT I LIKED:
A weird series of events leads from Hong Kong back to L.A. and more fights with the tongs, and a Russian nuclear bomb that has been smuggled into L.A.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
Basically, the writing is fine, but the story is what happens when you take a Tom Clancy-type story, and replace the spooks with characters from your average cop story on TV, and run it along the same TV format plot lines. No depth here, but he hits all the major story headlines from popular press.

BOTTOM-LINE:
Holes all over the place but fun ride

DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him / her on social media.

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