Provincetown Follies, Bangkok Blues (Cape Island Mystery #2)
A mysterious fire sweeps through the commercial district of Provincetown, Massachusetts, and the police hypothesize that the blaze was set to cover up the murder of Big Al Costelano, a notorious P-town playboy, real estate tycoon, and mobster. The prime suspect is the victim's estranged half-Vietnamese, half-African American, drag queen lover, Tuki Aparecio.
First let me tell you that the story takes place on Cape Cod, and - in flashbacks - in Thailand (and to a lesser extent Vietnam). There are two different narrative voices, one more lyrical than the other. The Thailand flashbacks are also in itali...more
Tuki Apareci is a transvestite. Her father was a soldier in Viet Nam. Her mother was left behind to survive in the red light district of Saigon. When Saigon surrenders, Tuki's mother disappears. Two of her mothers friends, both transvestite's, escape with Tuki, they become her surrogate mothers.
Tuki grows up in the sex markets of Thailand. But, her mothers raise her well, they are both Buddhist. As a result, she has her own unique principles and she is always faithful to prin...more
Michael, a lawyer living on the Cape, but from a New Bedford fishing family, is engaged to be married in a months time. As a public defender he is assigned a transvestite cli...more