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Little Mountain [Kindle Edition]

Bob Sanchez
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sambath Long was a Cambodian refugee, and now he's an American homicide cop. Sam's investigation of a brutal murder unearths painful memories that threaten to tear his own life apart.

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  • File Size: 433 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Bob Sanchez (March 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SY9GEA
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Sambeths October 18, 2011
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Little Mountain, by Bob Sanchez, is a deceptively simple book. On the face of it, it's a detective story-Cambodian-born policeman Sambeth Long is tasked with solving a murder in the Cambodian-American community in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the last decade of the twentieth century.

At first glance this would seem like a simple task; Long is himself a transplanted Cambodian. He speaks the language. Moreover, he understands the culture and values of his primary witnesses and suspects. To make things even simpler there are multiple witnesses, and Detective Long has a very good idea who did the killing.

And that's where things start getting complicated. The witnesses won't talk. The murdered man appears to have ties to the prison camp in which Sam Long was held as a child. Detective Long must unravel a mystery that forces him to confront his childhood imprisonment and the loss of his family, even as it endangers the new family he has created in America.

Little Mountain is a tale of two Sambeth Long's-Cambodian child, and American policeman. In writing this book Sanchez does more than just write a pretty darned good detective story that continues to surprise to the last page: He evokes a Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge's reign of terror, as well as the complexity of integrating its refugees into American culture.

This book challenges easy assumptions, and reminds us that we all come with a history, and understanding each others' separate pasts is vital to understanding our shared present.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting thriller October 4, 2011
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I spent several years in Lowell, Massachusetts, and was able to see first-hand the jostling of immigrant communities there, get a sense of their histories and some of the aching haunting stories that I discovered anew in Little Mountain. The past is never entirely in the past in this story, and unseen ghosts haunt its pages.

Sambath Long doesn't have to bring the ghosts with him: they haunt his every footstep as he's forced to confront past and present to solve a murder in the immigrant community. Historical fiction can often turn dry, but Sanchez' pace as he drives the story along makes the past come alive, freed from the pages of history books. This means, of course, that the horror of Cambodia's own holocaust comes alive as well...but perhaps it should. Some things should not be forgotten, and to learn about them via extraordinarily entertaining fiction is perhaps the best way to learn.

The success of the dramatic arc is not anything new to readers of Sanchez' earlier books, but here the reader finds herself willing Sam to succeed with both enthusiasm and trepidation. Definitely a book to read ... and remember.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Past and present collide September 24, 2011
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Detective Sambath Long teeters precariously on the fine line between past and present in Sanchez's engaging new mystery. Long's horrific past is something he'd fled when he left Cambodia, after witnessing his family's brutal execution in Cambodia under the rule of the Khmer Rouge.

Long, now married and starting over in Lowell, Massachusetts, gets caught up in a present day drama that has him fighting off haunting flashbacks that threaten to destroy his marriage, and perhaps his sanity, as he obsessively follows lead after lead. When the past and present collide, all hell breaks loose.

Sanchez skillfully unravels the mystery. There is tension, violence, a fast-paced plot, and plenty of opportunity to guess at the outcome and still be surprised at the satisfying conclusion.

Those who remember the time when Cambodian refugees were arriving daily in this country will appreciate the historical touches in Sanchez's tale.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Mountain; Big Story January 17, 2012
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Little Mountain has a big story. Who is this Bob Sanchez and how did he write such a well-crafted story? "Little Mountain" mixes a sad piece of personal Cambodian history with the need to solve a present day murder for Detective Sambath Long. He has to try and bring closure to both his past and solve a heinous murder that dig into his haunting memories. The story has twists and turns that this mystery writer appreciated. His characters come alive on the page, the dialogue is crisp, and the descriptions of the backstreets of Lowell and the noirishly oppressive weather make you feel like you're on a ride-a-long.

Sanchez has carefully interwoven Sam's sad past with his desire to do the right thing in spite of significant obstacles placed in his way. Married, with a small child, he teeters precariously as many cops do between ensuring family security and doggedly pursuing his duty. Politics and priorities clash with the right amount of give-and-take until Sam has to do what he believes is right. And like all great stories or baseball games, "It ain't over until it's over." Sanchez pulls the story strings tight until...well, you'll just have to read this 5-star novel to learn the harrowing ending.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Justice and Honor vs. Sweet Revenge August 7, 2011
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From the first page, this tale of the murder of an immigrant landlord grabs you and hauls you through the gritty streets of a Boston suburb, taking you not only through the police investigation but also through the brutal memories that linger in the minds of the Cambodian refugees who settled there. Detective Sambath Long, the son of a Cambodian police chief who was killed in one of the death camps (and a survivor himself), finds himself tracking the killer of Bin Chea. Det. Long does not know if he should lock up Chea's killer or shake his hand for ridding the world of the man Long believes is "Comrade Bin," the heartless leader of the death camp and the man responsible for the torturous death of Long's own father.

Whether you know the history of Cambodia or not, you will be drawn into this up-close look at a murder investigation played out against the backdrop of the aftermath of genocide. The latter years of the 1970s saw the bloody reign of the Khmer Rouge, the communist faction responsible for killing roughly one-third of the population of Cambodia, estimated at between 1.4 and 2.2 million people. As a young man, Det. Long worked long hours in the death camp, carrying out the orders of his captors--forced to kill, to dump the bodies of his fellow countrymen in the lake, and to do anything to survive in the camp that lay in the shadow of Little Mountain. His memories of that time are so traumatic that he has never even shared them with his wife Julie, the daughter of a wealthy man who strongly disapproves of Long. The investigation of Chea's death leads Det.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Mystery
Sambeth is sort of an anti-hero. A Cambodian detective thrust into the middle of a mystery in a closed-mouth society. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Deacon Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars The Killing Field (of Lowell, MA)
Little Mountain is a cracking "why-done-it". Imagine "The Wire", but instead of Officer Jimmy McNulty, you have Officer Sambath Long, a naturalized American born in Cambodia. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Anne Aylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & Compelling Mystery Transcends the Genre
Little Mountain is a murder mystery that transcends the genre, as the best ones do, becoming an absorbing novel about an intriguing character, the clash of two cultures and the... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Holly Cooley
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a murder mystery
In this masterfully crafted story, a former Cambodian refugee, Sambath Long, now a detective in Lowell, Massachusetts, is the obvious choice to investigate the murder of a... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Edith
5.0 out of 5 stars He Keeps Those Plates Spinning
Remember that act on the old Ed Sullivan show where the performer kept plates spinning while he juggled? Well, Bob Sanchez is a literary plate spinner. And a fine one at that. Read more
Published on June 10, 2012 by Wayne Scheer
5.0 out of 5 stars Emerging from the Darkness
Little Mountain is a compelling story and the protagonist, Sambath Long, is my kind of fictional detective because he has all the real thoughts and emotions of a real life cop. Read more
Published on May 10, 2012 by MikeM
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written, entertaining read
I must admit I started this book with some trepidation. I can't say why, but I was only mildly interested in it. Suffice it to say that I'm very glad I picked it up. Read more
Published on May 9, 2012 by Chris C
3.0 out of 5 stars more about a man's personal demons than a mystery
This was really about the demons the main character is dealing with than a mystery about a murder. I had the killer and his relations figured out about half way through the book. Read more
Published on May 9, 2012 by Anna Weissmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
When Detective Sambath Long is assigned to investigate a murder, flashbacks of his former life in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime color his search for the killer and... Read more
Published on May 1, 2012 by BookTalk
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting read . . . .
The author has managed to blend the past and the present into a thrilling detective story, one that is haunting and gritty. And he has done this at a breakneck pace throughout. Read more
Published on February 27, 2012 by K. P. Vorenberg, author of TIERRA RED
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More About the Author

Bob Sanchez aims for variety in his stories. When Pigs Fly is a crime novel containing adult humor, so please don't buy it for your innocent youngsters. Most readers find it funny, including one who wrote to say she read it aloud to console her recently widowed father. Yet the Friends of the Library in Alamogordo, New Mexico, denied the author a public reading because the story's villain used (gasp!) bad words. One can't please everybody, right? The story is set partly in Massachusetts, mostly in Arizona.

His Getting Lucky is much more a typical P.I. novel, with some sex and violence along with touches of humor. It's set in the mill city of Lowell, Massachusetts after the arrival of thousands of Cambodian refugees to the area. The author used to live nearby and has explored its network of canals and its fascinating ethnic neighborhoods.

The author's family's sponsorship of a Cambodian family in 1980 inspired his most serious novel, Little Mountain. It's a heavily researched detective novel set in Lowell with a cop hero's flashbacks to Cambodia.

Sanchez and his wife now live in sunny New Mexico and hold fond memories of Massachusetts, which figures in all of his novels so far.

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