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Philippine Fever

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Harv Tucker, good ol? boy from Oklahoma, sells primo roosters in Manila, the world's cockfighting capital. With his profits he buys Chinese AK-47's, then sells them to paramilitary groups. When his body turns up behind one of Manila's notorious sex clubs, the ensuing homicide investigation becomes international. Sam Haine, decorated ATF agent, teams up with a world-weary ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Capital Crime Press
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
It is possible that through this book I've found my true calling. I will become a novelist in the mystery genre, like this author Bruce Cook with his first book about an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF) sent to Manila, Philippines, to investigate the unsolved death of a fellow American, Harvey Tucker, found dead, with multiple injuries screaming bloody murder.

While the agent Sam Heine investigates Harvey Tucker's death, I proceeded to investigate why Bruce Cook wrote thi
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Wendy
I need to clarify that my Dad is married to a Filipina. She is smart, kind, and very independent. She is a great companion to my Dad.
My Dad had mentioned how bad the poverty and sex trade was in the Philippines. I am not ignorant with such things. Nor am I ignorant on some of the country's history.
That said. Wow, this novel did not candy coat anything. The author describes the emmense poverty, horrifying sex exploitation, cultural attitudes, and commonplace corruption. It was a disturbing, eye o
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Craig Buck
Sep 25, 2012 Craig Buck rated it really liked it
A great change of pace if you like crime novels in foreign locales. Many fall short because they're written in foreign languages and slaughtered in translation, but Cook is an American who lived for a while in Manila and brings the best of both worlds to this excellent thriller.
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Bruce Cook (no relation--at least that we talk about) knows a lot about the Philippines, and after you read his story of murder, suspense and lowlifes, you may know enough about the country to never want to go there. However, like with a lot of things, it's fun to take a peek as long as you don't get contaminated. Not for people with weak stomachs.
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