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Product Details

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461138582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461138587
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,480,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

My name is Ty Hutchinson and I'm from Hawaii. What does that mean? I don't need to tan. Most days I'm writer in the ad business. My work has appeared in all the major advertising award shows and reported on in publications like Advertising Age, Creativity, Communication Arts and Archive. When I'm not building brands, you'll find me traveling the world, playing video games, eating, reading, exploring SF's Chinatown (to date I have six Shrimp Boy sightings) or hard at work writing thriller novels. While advertising is a blast, I thought it would be fun to write a book. Guess what? It was. My first book, Chop Suey, is out now. It had my editor gasping, giggling and laughing so hard, she more than once choked on her drink. I hope you enjoy Chop Suey as much as she did.

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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 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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany on June 26, 2011
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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By lodolphin on May 18, 2011
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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 By Haleiwa on June 2, 2011
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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 By kfd on June 2, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erica on May 31, 2011
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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 By wistfulskimmie - Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews Blog on January 16, 2012
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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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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Passion Fruit on July 5, 2011
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I have to admit I only made it through Chapter 7. I just couldn't read any further, and I don't give up on books easily. The main character is despicable and the language is that of a typical loser Joe Schmoe: in those seven chapters the word "balls" had to have been used about 50 times, and he wasn't referring to toys or sporting equipment. It's as if a mindless bro movie was written as a book. And thriller? In those seven chapters there was also no hint of how this was going to become a thriller. It was the opposite of a thriller - the life and inner rage-filled ramblings of a misogynist cubicle-farm telecom sales rep. Please, don't waste your time.
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