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Little Saigon

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  359 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
In the aftermath of the war in Vietnam, thousands of desperate refugees fled the killing fields for new lives in Southern California. But for those who settled in "Little Saigon," the war never really ended. The latest victim of the continuing struggle is Li Frye, a popular singer whose songs of hope and home have made her a heroine to her people. Ripped from the stage by ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 15th 1989 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1988)
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Nov 07, 2010 Skip rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime-detective
Pretty lame effort by TJP about a pair of brothers, one estranged from the family and the other a war hero, who lost his legs in Vietnam, but gained a wife active in a nationalistic effort to help refugees. The wife is kidnapped, and the estranged brother works to solve the mystery. Skip this one.
Lance Charnes
Dec 04, 2012 Lance Charnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Southern California noir
Shelves: fiction-crime
Little Saigon is Parker’s second published novel, and as such is stylistically much more like Laguna Heat than the much later Charlie Hood series. It’s also the closest he came (at least among the books of his I’ve read) to writing political intrigue rather than a straight-ahead detective mystery.

Parker’s protagonist Charlie Frye is a fired newspaper reporter, a fading surfing champion, and something of a screwup. When his golden-boy brother’s Vietnamese wife Li is kidnapped in the Orange County
Oct 02, 2015 David rated it liked it
1988 thriller set in real Vietnamese area of Orange County, California. Anti-Communist efforts to support rebellion in 'Nam draw retalliation in the U.S. Old Vietnam relationships are key to the mystery.

Good enought that I'd read more by this author, but I won't seek him out.
Renee Pawlish
I had a hard time getting into this book. I wanted to like it as I have a soft spot for those who experienced the Vietnam War, either as American veterans or the Vietnamese escaping their country, but the book didn't grab me. It took a long time to get through it.
Terrie Purkey
Apr 30, 2015 Terrie Purkey rated it it was ok
The mystery part was okay, but the book gets off to a really slow start (I almost put it down), and is complicated by a few too many characters. I liked the main character and his personal story of trying to fit in with his family and help his brother. The story focuses on an older brother who's a Viet Nam vet and is continuing to try to help the Vietnamese immigrants and country. That part becomes a bit tedious and hard to follow sometimes. Not my favorite book b this author. (read to complete ...more
Suzanne Sowersby
Jun 10, 2016 Suzanne Sowersby rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading a new author even though the book was dated.
Oct 04, 2015 Fay rated it did not like it
Very confusing"
Oct 26, 2011 Larry rated it it was ok
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David Ward
Oct 19, 2014 David Ward rated it liked it
Little Saigon by T. Jefferson Parker (St. Martin's Paperback 1989) (Fiction – Mystery). Chuck Frye, surfing legend turned reporter, looks for his wife's sister, who has been kidnapped by local Vietnamese crime bosses and is being held somewhere in the Vietnamese barrio. My rating: 6.5/10, finished 2005.
This was the first book I read by T. Jefferson. At the beginning of each summer, I always go in to a used book store and look for new authors. I discovered this author and have read everything he has written. Altho', I haven't liked the more recent series as much as the previous novels.
Bob Koch
Jul 27, 2011 Bob Koch rated it really liked it
Liked it. Just wish it had been an anti war book. The Vietnam War was a bad war. I lived thru it, from an American college student perspective, and actively protested against it. Liked the characters and the writing. As usual too many characters. Late for work...
Dec 20, 2009 Aynge rated it it was ok
Really wanted to like this because I loved his Blue/Red/Black trilogy, but I was disappointed. Didn't like Chuck Frye, the main character, and I honestly saw what was coming. That rarely happens to me. The end was unsatisfying as well.
Dec 31, 2008 Carol rated it really liked it
This is another of the books I love because as I read it I was reminded of a place I had been or was about to go to. I always look for books by T. Jefferson Parker and I usually love them.
Suzy Zarate
Sep 03, 2012 Suzy Zarate rated it it was ok
I normally love his books. This one was rambling and disjointed. Ending was not a surprise.
Sheldon Lehman
Dec 01, 2012 Sheldon Lehman rated it liked it
It got better as it went along. The story format reminded me of 80's mini-series.
Dec 08, 2011 Mary rated it liked it
Pretty good book, bit predictable in places.
Gordon Jones
Apr 05, 2011 Gordon Jones rated it liked it
I just did not enjoy this book at all.
Linda Hahn
Aug 01, 2009 Linda Hahn rated it really liked it
Another great one from T. Jeff.
Dec 14, 2012 Blair rated it liked it
It was 3 chapters too long.
Chris Denison
Mar 06, 2013 Chris Denison rated it liked it
finished strong...3.5
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T. Jefferson Parker is the bestselling author of 20 crime novels, including Edgar Award-winners Silent Joe and California Girl. Parker's next work is a literary novel, Full Measure, to be published in October. He lives with his family in Southern California
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