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Chop Suey (A Darby Stansfield Thriller Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ty Hutchinson
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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Book Description

CHOP SUEY is the first book in the wildly popular, Darby Stansfield action/thriller series. Readers say it's Tarantino meets The Office. An Amazon Best Seller topping three top 100 lists.

"Chop Suey is a fast, funny and well-plotted thriller––It's not easy to write comedy, introduce a vicious serial killer, and navigate between the two."––Reading Review

"It is both intrinsically funny and inherently evil, a strangely intoxicating blend, one that keeps the action rolling."— SeattlePI

"Hutchinson did an excellent job of bringing his characters to life, weaving several stories together and bringing them to an exciting conclusion."— The Book Review

“Lightning-fast plotting, unforgettable characters and dialogue that rings with more truth than fortune cookies at a drunken mid-life crisis lunch. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!” — Author Dani Amore


Add one lovable dope looking for love.
Layer in a vicious serial killer.
Throw in a couple of gang members.
Mix in a pair of Chinatown detectives.
Combine it all with Ling Chi, death by 1,000 cuts.
And you have the perfect recipe for Chop Suey.

When disgraced sales associate Darby Stansfield discovers he has six months to save his job, he does what any normal person would do. He freaks.

Desperate to resurrect his career at Teleco Wireless, Darby conjures up an international scheme filled with the promise of endless, high-spending clients. It’s brilliant, it’s international, it would have his boss snooping and his best friend sweating, but it has Darby on a plane to Hong Kong where he signs his latest client, a Chinese gang.

Meanwhile, bodies are piling up in San Francisco and Darby has no idea that his brilliant plan has just put him on a collision course with the killer.

To make matters worse, his best friend and his girlfriend find themselves caught up in his dangerous plan. Darby must now make a tough decision — give up on the one good idea he ever had or risk it all.


CHOP SUEY is a 90,000 word action thriller. That's 380 pages of holy moly.

STROGANOV is book two in the series and is available now.


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Lightning-fast plotting, unforgettable characters and dialogue that rings with more truth than fortune cookies at a drunken mid-life crisis lunch. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" --Author Dani Amore

"CHOP SUEY is a fast, funny and well-plotted thriller.... It's not easy to write comedy, introduce a vicious serial killer, and navigate successfully between the two." --Reading Review.

"It is both intrinsically funny and inherently evil, a strangely intoxicating blend, one that keeps the action rolling." --SeattlePI

"Hutchinson did an excellent job of bringing his characters to life, weaving several stories together and bringing them to an exciting conclusion." --The Book Review


"It takes a lot of skill to mix laugh-out loud funny with hardcore crime and have both be believable." -- Elizabeth White Reviews

Readers describe the series as Tarantino meets The Office with a splash of romance.

From the Back Cover

STROGANOV is book two in the series and is available now.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1688 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461138582
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gangkruptcy Press; 2 edition (November 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YKZP0M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Equal parts really good and really bad. June 26, 2011
By Tiffany
Format:Paperback
Darby is conceited, self-centered, ungrateful, lazy, spiteful, racist, sexist, and a shopaholic with a one-track mind...but in the 100+ chapters, he kind of grows on you. Like a malignant tumor.

The story is interesting, engaging, and funny. There were a couple of times that I could not move from my spot for hours on end, fearing for what would happen next to our (extremely) unlikely hero. But there were more times that I could not wait for it to be over. I guess I'm giving it three stars because there were equal parts really good and really bad.

My friend said the summary sounded like a bad Steven Seagal movie. After reading the book, I tend to agree.

First but definitely not foremost, this novel could definitely use another proofread. There were numerous grammatical errors and skipped words that jolted me out of the story and made it a little difficult to read. There was also a lot of switching back and forth between past and present tense. I don't think my inner grammar Nazi will ever recover from those eye twitches.

Another thing that annoyed me was the amount of unnecessary detail. No, I don't need to know what each person wore or what each person ate every single time a new scene starts. This, I think, helped contribute to the length (and tediousness) of the book.

Tavish, Darby's so-called "best friend," had basically no personality. The book would give a general statement about him, providing maybe one example, then never mention it again. He was pretty much just Darby's conscience, and his constantly saying "No, this is stupid," got pretty old. Nevertheless, I'd have to agree with him.

The other, more interesting characters were probably one-hit wonders. Leslie Choi, Chu, Mr. Fu were all great.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a giggle, a chuckle, and out right laughter May 18, 2011
Format:Paperback
This book is great. Immediately into it, I was hooked. I didn't want to put it down. The characters all come alive and I could envision them as I read. It was fantastic! It is a quick read that you will NOT WANT TO MISS! I look forward to another Darbytastic idea to read about... but a request- probably won't happen, somehow, will Chu be back? I like him!!!!
The author did a phenomenal job bringing the characters to life and had me laughing the whole trip!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars S0So June 2, 2014
By WatchMe
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is not as absolutely bad as the one-star readers insist. As a matter of fact, it was quite entertaining and, yes, there were places where I really had to laugh out loud. The Chinese policewoman is a great character, smart, capable, intelligent, someone I could visualize exactly. As for Tav, he started with a distinct personality and then wavered down to just a nay-sayer. He could have been, and should have been, more important in the plot. Chu was an interesting personality, I actually liked him better as the protagonist than Darby because he was the absolute pragmatic personality. The author's request for feedback is so nicely phrased that he earns more than a three. And his mistakes, and the overuse of vulgarity, often where it goes overboard in making a point, keeps him from getting five stars.
I started reading the excerpt from one of his other books that was included, but it seemed too repetitive to be of interest. I would like to see Darby grow a little. But not too much. A protagonist who isn't God's gift to the world is refreshing in a way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chop Suey June 2, 2011
By Haleiwa
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great read, did not want to put it down!!! Fast paced, funny, and quirky...filled with twists and turns!!!
Loved Darby, and can't wait to meet him again in the next book!!!

Author Ty Hutchinson is clever, witty, and paints vivid descriptions that continue to catch and hold our interest!
Story unfolds itself into a pretty hilarious, yet serious thriller!!!

Loved my "Chop Suey" fix...recommend you get yours too!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great summer read June 2, 2011
By kfd
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you're looking for a mystery/suspense book with a touch of humor, this book is for you. Chop Suey introduces a new hero to the genre-Darby Stanfield, who is looking for a quick route up the corporate ladder. Well developed characters, an always pleasing setting in San Fransisco, and a few surprise twists makes this a book that's hard to put down. Hopefully, this is just the first of a series of books by first-time author, Ty Hutchinson. I'm looking forward to speeding more time with Darby in his pursuit of the good life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it! May 31, 2011
By Erica
Format:Paperback
this book was so much fun to read! it had me literally laughing out loud and rooting for darby and his darbytastic ideas! the book's plot is thrilling and has so many surprising twists and turns. can't wait for the book 2!

I received an complimentary copy of the book from the author to review.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very funny thriller with a serious side. January 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the story of Darby Stansfield - a man on commission at a telecom company. He hasn't been bringing in much custom lately so he is given six months to shape up or ship out. He hits on the perfect idea for bringing in those big sales, sell to organised crime gangs, namely the Triads. It all goes well until he meets and falls in love with an Inspector in the Hong Kong police who is investigating the Triad gangs, falls foul of a serial killer and winds up in the middle of a gang war.

This was fantastic! I cannot sing its praises loud enough. How on earth Ty managed to pull off humour, Triads and a serial killer all in the same story I have no idea, but it worked. Darby is the loveable hero bumbling from one disaster to the next but somehow surviving by the skin of his teeth each time. He drags his best friend Tav into his schemes and somewhat reluctantly Tav goes along with them - despite knowing how it will usually pan out! The story was told from two different view points, first person and third person but never once was I confused. It felt rather like I was watching events unfold that Darby wasn't aware of and more than once I wanted to slap him! The story itself belted along and had me from page one and didn't put me down until the climactic ending.

A great funny, laugh out loud thriller with a serious side. Read it, you won't regret it. I am looking forward to more of the authors work now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars chop suey
Yuk
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not a series that I will continue reading.
Published 2 months ago by B Ross
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupid. The protagonist is unlikable and shallow
Stupid. The protagonist is unlikable and shallow. The crime story could have been very good, but it was just so ridiculous the way it played out. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Javier
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun.
Some humor and interesting twists makes this a fun read because it is just a bit unbelievable but not totally outrageously so, well maybe so, but it is fiction.
Published 3 months ago by Eric K
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
it's okay book - just not my style.
Published 4 months ago by sherry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC...COULDN'T PUT THE FIRST BOOK DOWN...THERE ARE THREE BOOKS.....EVERYONE A MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!
Published 4 months ago by albert wiseman
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Too Spicy, Not too Bland
The first Darby Stansfield book that I have read. Interesting story line, based on a lead character dealing successfully with the underworld. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Patricia F. Steiss
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable book
Imagination is a sellers best tool. Well, there are limits to what is ethical and in this story those limits are never considered. A fun read and well worth the time spent.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
This was a great story.. sometimes it seemed a little far fetched but it drew you in and kept you coming back to see what happens. Good characters and interesting ideas.
Published 9 months ago by Laura McCauley
5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing
I enjoy the twists and turns. When I have a thread going I'm heading in a different direction. Enjoy the relationships- where will they go?
Published 13 months ago by boghoppers
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More About the Author

Hello. My name is Ty Hutchinson. I'm glad you stopped by.

I'm the author of the bestselling Abby Kane FBI Thrillers, featuring the short and feisty Abby Kane. She made her debut in Corktown, which became a Kindle #1 bestseller shortly after its release. I also write the Darby Stansfield Thrillers. Readers have described them as Tarantino meets The Office with a splash of romance.

You can visit my blog at tyhutchinson.com for the latest on my books. Be sure to take the Darby Poll while you're there. I love hearing from my readers, so feel free to email me at thutchinson @ me dot com

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