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

Ty Hutchinson
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Kindle Top 100 Best Seller in Suspense & Police Procedural
2nd Edition

CHOP SUEY is the first book in the wildly popular, Darby Stansfield thriller series.

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.

Editorial Reviews


"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

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 522 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • 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: #132,932 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a giggle, a chuckle, and out right laughter May 18, 2011
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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Equal parts really good and really bad. June 26, 2011
By Tiffany
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy amounts of fun October 18, 2012
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This was a crazy fun book for me! The comedy element, especially in the beginning, was off the charts, laugh out loud funny. Ty Hutchinson made me a fan with this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I SO didn't want to like this book! June 27, 2012
I received the e-book as part of Library Thing's early reviewer program. Ty Huntchinson also sent me free links to download the rest of the novels/novellas in this series. And I've got to admit that even though I I didn't think this book would be my cup of tea (Darby is such a self-serving jerk at times) - I HAD to keep reading! Chop Suey made me cringe, groan in disgust, shake my head in disbelief, and laugh at the ridiculousness/hilarity/absurdity of it all. Most of it, it made me KEEP reading! Which, in my opinion, says a lot about the author. Even when I wanted to put the book down, I couldn't. The writing was just too good. Hutchinson is an author to keep your eye on. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a movie version of Chop Suey before too long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chop Chop June 14, 2012
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Do you want some chop suey? This is the place to get it. Hutchinson's visuals of San Francisco's China Town and his pieced together view of Hong Kong, with all the fascinating characters is fun and delicious to read, even though homicides occur, as well as abductions, deliberate torture with meat cleavers and knives, vicious verbal attacks, employers harassment, violent and uncouth gangs, territorial wars, and all of which is highlighted with one man, Darby, wanting to climb the ladder to success with his employment. Oh yeah, and there is sex behind closed doors. The ingredients in this Chop Suey will soak up plenty of blood and meaty body parts but no vegetables. You can include all the soy sauce you want but it won't change the laughter and seriousness Chop Suey brews inside your mind.

I'm Ben Campbell, the author of seven exciting discovery novels, and five short stories. You can purchase the novels as ebook or paperback editions here on
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent poolside read. July 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Chop Suey is a fast and fun read, great for poolside. I received a complimentary copy to read for my review. Ty Hutchinson does a good job tossing goofy humor into a suspenseful story. The storyline was good, but the gramatical and spelling errors were distracting. If issues like that don't bother you and you like a good thriller with a dash of humor then this is the book for you.
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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
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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
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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 5 months ago by boghoppers
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this one!
It kept me on my toes and I enjoyed it very much. It was hard to put down. glad I tried it....
Published 7 months ago by Mary Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars poorly written
not worth reading... writing is extremely poor & story rather predictable & boring. i am glad i got it free!
Published 8 months ago by Caryn DeForest
4.0 out of 5 stars I totally enjoyed this book!
I started to read Chop Suey: A Darby Stansfield Thriller by Ty Hutchinson and put it down because I just couldn't get into it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sue in CT
5.0 out of 5 stars Chop Suey Indeed
I love Darby Stansfield. This book was exciting all the way through. I could not put it down. A lot of twists and turns. Definitely a good read.
Published 9 months ago by paynette
3.0 out of 5 stars Darby Stansfield charmingly stupid protagonist
This is a fun thriller with a charmiingly stupid protagonist, Darby Stansfield. He works for a tech company and gets the "Darbytastic" idea to sell technology to the Chinese mob... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sherry Landrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read!
Very entertaining story. Nice opening to a great series. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I definatley would recommend this to anyone.
Published 12 months ago by Peimar
3.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars for Best Black Humor Story
Austin Powers kind of humor, well written (no bad typo but great tempo). Remember judging a book is strictly a matter of personal taste thus highly subjective. Read more
Published 12 months ago by tanya william
2.0 out of 5 stars Not at all credible
Way too many coincidences. Not at all a likely story. Unlikely basic premise that web and cell tools could rescue a failing Hong Triad. Give me a break.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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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 best selling Abby Kane FBI Thrillers, featuring the short and feisty Abby Kane. She made her debut in Corktown, which became a Kindle #1 best seller 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 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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