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Gaijin Cowgirl

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Working Tokyo nightclubs is easy money for beautiful and troubled American Val Benson – until a client with a rather unusual hobby – painting the private parts of his female liaisons – reluctantly gives up a map to a stash of Japanese war loot and tempts his favorite girl into a dangerous treasure hunt.
The Congressman’s daughter is not the only one interested in the map: Y
Kindle Edition, 393 pages
Published March 8th 2013 by Crime Wave Press
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James Newman
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Val Benson – a rich kid with a few family secrets in her locker winds up in a Japanese hostess bar before entangling herself in a treasure hunt for lost gold in the Thai / Burmese jungle. Along for the ride are Suki (great name) her Japanese hostess friend, Muddy (again great name choice) a gritty Australian treasure hunter, and Simon- a sarf Londan kick boxer.

Reminiscent of Karin Slaughter’s Tokyo the beginning opens with Val arriving in Tokyo, finding her feet in a hostess bar, and meeting an
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Valerie Benson is a young American woman working as a hostess to wealthy business men in Japan. Val has a few issues that she is running from when she becomes caught up in a quest for stolen treasure. Val and her friend Suki literally find themselves being "in the wrong place at the wrong time". They inadvertently come into possession of a map that leads to lost treasure along the Thai/Burma border during WW11.

I enjoyed this very fast paced action/thriller that has a plethora of quite different
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jame DiBiasio's Gaijin Cowgirl, is definitely not formulaic! It caught my interest in the very beginning when we meet Val Benson and held me throughout the book. I felt like I was a character in the book and experienced everything Val did.. Once the book got going the action was pretty much non-stop.

DiBiasio has broken the mold with this fast paced thriller. I found it unique and refreshing. His writing is clear and poetic. I loved the bit of WWII historical fiction he included. Rather than the
Initially, Valerie is a character that I didn’t have much connection with. She lacks responsibility for herself, often leaving others who care about her abruptly. She comes from a wealthy, and highly disfunctional, family, her father being a US Congressman. She’s use to having money and someone to take care of her, always willing to rescue her or give her a place to stay. She detests her father, but can’t give up the trustfund, which is how he always tracks her down (whenever she pulls funds fro ...more
Carole Rae
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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Going into this I knew it was a different genre than I typically read. But it surprised me in a way, because I didn't dislike it. That's not to say I loved it either, but still enjoyed parts of it.

The book starts in Japan, and I was expecting a Japanese based story. Except the story then moves to Thailand, and what I wasn't anticipating was how much more I'd enjoy the parts in Thailand. I think because so much more of the action takes place at that point, it just was the section that was more en
Christina M Condy
Gaijin Cowgirl begins with Val, a rich woman who is trying to outrun her past. I have to say when the book began I really didn't like her. She seemed oh so selfish and into herself. There is a bit of a time jump in the beginning where we go back to before Val started hostessing, and we meet up with Charlie, her ex/not so ex. Then we are back to where we began with Val hostessing in a Japanese bar.

This book is NOT for youngsters. It is a thriller which keeps you turning the pages. There are some
Krystal Milton
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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My first thought when reading the title, was that this book was going to be weird, maybe even funny or comical in some way. I know I judged wrongly before even reading. Gaijin Cowgirl is a mixture of historical fiction, vividly packed scenes and a bite of suspense that will leave the reader on edge.

We follow Val Benson as she peruses through Tokyo connecting with old friends all the while making new ones. It is here that she gets her hands on an old map that leads to unspoken treasures. While I
Rebecca Graf
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
An American woman thinks she is just entertaining Japanese businessmen. What she doesn't know is that she'll be running from more than just her past. It starts out as an innocent modeling job but turns out to be quite deadly. Mystery arises from decades earlier and calls for Val and her friend to reveal all.

This is not a simple story. I have to admit that I entered this story with a whole different mindset which meant the first bit took me a bit to get into. Once I did, I discovered an amazingly
Lynelle Clark
It seemed that mayhem followed Valerie Benson all over Asia. From the moment, you met this strong willed and feisty woman you knew you were in for a bumpy ride. Mixed it with colorful characters like The Painter, Jeb Maxwell and Muddy McKenzie you sure have a winner. From prostitution, slavery, drugs, and war crimes mixed in the sweltering heat of corrupt government officials and you were in for a good time. Fast paced and well written the story grips your attention and held it till the very las ...more
Tom Vater
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic romp through the badlands of SE Asia and Japan. I really like the main protagonist, Valerie Benson, an unreliable, flaky American girl who works as a hostess in a seedy Tokyo Bar. There she meets The Painter, a Japanese industrialist who has a penchant for painting girl's private parts and offers big money. What a premise.
The industrialist turns out to be somewhat more evil than expected and soon Val is hunting a lost World War II treasure while being pursued herself by Yakuza, CIA, T
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I knew from the blurb that GAIJIN COWGIRL would different from what I moslyt read, but I was not disappointed! Compelling and gripping right from the start, it takes the reader on a very cinematic experience. A thrill ride from the launch! I will not re-summarize the plot, I will simply say that the writing was very well written, the action was kept at a steady pace, I loved the historical background,(I’m a huge history buff). I loved the transformation of the main character Val Benson, from Soc ...more
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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An exciting tale that goes from Tokyo to Hong Kong and Thailand- it combines WWII and Vietnam history into a coming of age, treasure hunting adventure that left me on the edge of my seat at times. The main protagonist Val went from a self-centered, shallow young woman into a mature, caring adult. If you like history woven into your thrillers, then you'll like this one.

* I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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I was going to say that I don't usually read books like this, but then I tried to categorize this book and came up short. It's a crime novel, I guess, but it's also got interesting historical and social threads, vivid description of places that I'm now curious to visit and see for myself, characters with some depth and sense of humor, and an exciting plot that kept me turning the pages. I'm looking forward to the next one.
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I found this to be an engrossing thriller that goes into some historical events - one being, the comfort women of WWII.

The main character experiences a kind of coming-of-age and sense of worth throughout the story which kept my attention.
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