Saturday, February 27, 2010
The Jasmine Trade by Denise Hamilton
Newspaper reporter Eve Diamond takes on more than she can imagine when she falls into the world of 'Parachute Kids'. When a 17 year old Chinese high schooler shows up murdered in her car Eve senses something more than the carjacking the police are reporting. But she soon gets tied up in Chinese gangs, prostitution rings and a story that slowly unravels through the murdered girl's diary, her friend's worried confessions of spying, and the befriending of other parachute kids. A number of paths cross and keep you guessing who on which side of the story and the law.
Somewhat reminiscent of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series in the manner that Eve is constantly getting herself tugged deeper into trouble on her quest to get the truth. With humor, romance and a good mystery you can seldom go wrong.