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Praise for Getaway

"Getaway draws you in with the immediate force of its sensuous atmosphere, its living and breathing characters, its riveting plot—and most of all, with its sheer believability. Did you ever get drunk on a holiday and do one or two things the guidebooks say you shouldn’t? Well, this is what it could have led to."
Lene Kaaberbøl & Agnete Friis, New York Times bestselling authors of The Boy in the Suitcase

"Brackmann strikes exactly the right mood in this frantic look at an ordinary woman who can't seem to claw her way out of the mess in which she's managed to land."
Kirkus Reviews

"Brackmann follows up her debut, Rock Paper Tiger, an Amazon Best Book of 2010, with a sinister tale of a vacation gone bad . . . Puerto Vallarta provides a lush backdrop for Brackmann's richly drawn ex-pat world, which is as eccentric as it is dangerous."
Publishers Weekly

“The ending fulfills several strands of the book without totally wrapping up others. It almost suggests the ending of the Tony Scott film, veering off into a half-fairy tale, half metafictional other world: Getaway's ending is more believable than that of True Romance, but it's open-ended and contains elements of wish-fulfillment in the same sort of way . . . Altogether, Getaway, due from Soho Press in May, is an interesting and entertaining update on the damsel-in-distress story (from the damsel's point of view) as well as the Ambler-esque spy thriller.”
International Noir Fiction

Praise for Rock Paper Tiger

“Lisa Brackmann’s novel gets off to a fast start and never lets up . . . Be prepared for a wild ride.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Timely and hip . . . Brackmann can write.”
Boston Globe

“A pulse-racer.”
Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Lisa Brackmann has worked as a motion picture executive and an issues researcher in a presidential campaign. A southern California native, she currently lives in Venice, California, with her three cats. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Rock Paper Tiger, was an Amazon Best Book of 2010.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781616950712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616950712
  • ASIN: 1616950714
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,311,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Brackmann's debut novel ROCK PAPER TIGER, set on the fringes of the Chinese art world, made several "Best of 2010" lists, including Amazon's Top 100 books and Top 10 Mystery/Thrillers and was a New York Times best seller. Her second novel, GETAWAY, a thriller in Mexico, was chosen as an ALA Summer Reading Pick and was a finalist for SCIBA's T. Jefferson Parker Award. Lisa's latest book, HOUR OF THE RAT features the return of ROCK PAPER TIGER heroine Ellie McEnroe on another wild adventure in today's China. HOUR OF THE RAT was shortlisted for Left Coast Crime's Calamari (international mystery) award and was nominated for the Anthony Award for Best Audio Book. The third Ellie McEnroe novel, DRAGON DAY, will be published August 2015.

Her first published short story appeared in Akashic Books' SAN DIEGO NOIR (June 2011).

Lisa is a California native and a former film industry professional who has lived and traveled extensively in China. She once was an issues researcher in a presidential campaign and was the singer/songwriter/bassist in an LA rock band. She lives in her hometown, San Diego, with a couple of cats, far too many books and a bass ukulele. You can find her at

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sia McKye Over Coffee on May 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Rock Paper Tiger
San Diego Noir (Akashic Noir)

LOOK OUT! GETAWAY is going to be hitting A LOT of BEST OF LISTS in the coming months!

WELCOME to gorgeous Puerto Vallarta, Mexico--home of margaritas, sunset beaches, a shady American ex-pat community, and a barely-hidden drug syndicate.

One too many margaritas, a chance encounter between a restless woman and a sexy stranger, and you have an engrossing tale filled with excitement and danger.

I have been looking forward to reading this book since I first heard about the setting and premise. Getaway didn't disappoint me. It's well written and believable. This is the sort of situation that could happen all too easily to an unaware vacationer. Getaway was so absorbing that I finished it a day. If you like thrillers with an authentic setting, realistic characters, and the twists and turns of deadly peril, then Getaway is the book to read this summer.

Ms. Brackmann has a knack of creating characters that have faced trauma in their lives and as a result have become somewhat indifferent or ambivalent; and placing them in situations that forces them to pull on inner reserves and strengths to deal with it.

Case in point, Michelle Mason. Recently widowed, Michelle is facing, thanks to her dearly departed husband, social scandal and financial ruin--the end of the easy life she has become accustomed to. Puerto Vallarta was supposed to be a vacation and a time to reflect upon what she was going to do with the rest of her life.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cathy G. Cole TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
First Line: Michelle dropped the sarong she'd started to tie around her waist onto her lounge chair.

Michelle Mason needed to get away from her troubles for a while. Widowed a few months ago, she's been discovering just how secretive and inept a business person her late husband had been. The trip was already paid for, so a few days in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico seemed in order. She'd relax, calm down, get her head on straight, and then return to Los Angeles to finish dealing with the mess.

Trouble is, a handsome man named Daniel approaches her on the beach, they hit it off, have a few margaritas, and Michelle thinks, "Why not?" That one little decision has the power to change the entire course of her life.

Later that night, someone breaks into Michelle's hotel room and assaults Daniel. Her cell phone and Daniel's get switched, and someone named Gary forces Michelle to spy on Daniel. From what little Michelle is able to piece together, this all involves drugs, the people who get rich from selling drugs, and their hired hands who think nothing of torturing and killing to get what they want. She knows she's in danger but quickly learns that running isn't an option-- or she's going to wind up in the Puerto Vallarta garbage dump.

This book is fast-paced and pulled me right in although I did have a difficult time warming up to Michelle. During the first part of the book, she's a typical consumer housewife, used to spending her days having lunch with the girls and buying the latest fashions. When I talk about sunglasses, I refer to them as sunglasses. When I talk about my purse, I call it a purse, and when I step into a pair of shoes, I have this annoying tendency to call them shoes. Michelle refers to them by their designer labels.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carraher on June 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Puerto Vallarta, a tropical destination with pristine, sandy beaches and funky little bars replete with thatched roofs where the tequila flows freely and your cares and woes melt away. A virtual paradise on the Mexican coast, surrounded by, yet untouched by the political and criminal chaos that is the rest of Mexico with it's drug wars and rampant corruption. A place where dressing for dinner means putting on a shirt or wrapping a sarong over your bikini.

Michelle Mason, recently widowed and finding her husband has left her in financial ruin and socially scandalized, decides it is just the place to spend a week away from the bankers, debt collectors and lawyers before having to face an uncertain future that she is woefully unprepared to deal with. When she meets a handsome fellow American on the beach and they wind up in her hotel room, Michelle decides this night of sex is just what she needs before departing paradise for the daunting prospects awaiting her back in the states. But, awakened from the languid atmosphere of post coital bliss by two masked men who have broken into her room, beaten Daniel unconscious and left him bleeding on the floor, Michelle is shaken out of her tropical languor. the police tell her, Vallarta is still Mexico after all.

When Michelle finally decides to return the L.A. she her cab is stopped and conveniently the cop finds cocaine in her bag. She is thrown into a Mexican jail and not given a phone call or any explanation. The deplorable conditions are described in grizzly detail. After a day or so the mysterious Gary shows up, he claims to be a friend of Daniel's and semi-officially attached to the American Embassy, but he refuses to give her her passport, and instead of taking her to the Embassy, he takes her to a back street hotel.
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