BOOK REVIEW: PHILIPPINE FEVER
Philippine Fever introduces the reader to the way of life that hopefully we will never see in the United States.
Sam Haine is an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security and is currently assigned to investigate the death of Harvey Tucker. Tucker is rumored to be purchasing firearms to be sent back to the US. Sam is a widower, his wife having died of cancer three years before. Since he has no wife and family to hold him back he is often picked for this type of assignment.
Sam is given instructions to work with Raymond "Bogie" Lorenzano of the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation. Sam isn't actually welcomed with open arms by "Bogie" and his crew but they soon work out a few differences.
Sam is appalled at the modes of transportation available. It takes hours to travel even a short distance. Street people are everywhere begging for money and this includes children down to the very youngest. It seems Manila has only the very rich and the very poor.
Harvey has been killed and placed in a dumpster in ninety-degree heat for three days. Tracing his steps and trying to find his killer seems an insurmountable job. Pictures of Harvey and the owner of Club DeSex are found close by the dumpster but the owner and her brother deny all knowledge.
Investigations prove that Harvey had sold fighting chickens on this trip but it looked as though his last purchase was to be illegal arms.
Sam meets the beautiful Fiscal Jennifer Santos who introduced him to the ways of the very rich and pulled him into a political battle.
Sam faces crooked politicians, prostitution, and the death of many Chinese immigrants being imported for use in the prostitution trade. He is even warned by the CIA to get off the case and stay off.
This book will keep you interested from cover to cover since there is never a dull moment and not much time for Sam to sleep.
I hope the author has future books in mind that will get the reader even better acquainted with Sam Haine. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a good mystery plus tidbits about the lifestyles in Manila as well as some insight as to the foods offered there that are so different from what Americans are used to eating. All in all a lot of information, suspense and mystery is put forth in the pages of Philippine Fever.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID
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