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Stealing the Dragon (The Cape Weathers Investigations) Paperback – March 8, 2007

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When the crew of a ship carrying hundreds of Chinese refugees is murdered, PI Cape Weathers, a former cop, immediately suspects it's the work of a professional assassin. But Cape's investigation is hampered by the fact that his partner, Sally (who happens to be a trained assassin), is missing. Soon Cape is locked in a deadly battle with the ruthless Chinese organized crime organization, the Triads. It's an intriguing story, marred somewhat by overwriting. Still, there are flashes of flair and inspiration in this promising first novel. David Pitt
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"Dashiell Hammett's San Francisco gets diced, spiced, and served up like a kung fu fever dream in Tim Maleeny's riotous debut novel." -- Mark Haskell Smith, author of Moist and Delicious

"Stealing The Dragon is a raucous, sizzling, no-holds-barred delight from the get-go. Tim Maleeny propels readers down the darkest alleyways of Hong Kong, Tokyo, San Francisco, and the human condition with scathing wit and style. Keep an eye on your socks--this is a debut sure to knock them right the Hell off with an auspicious bang." -- Cornelia Read, author of A Field of Darkness

"Tough, original, compelling - a perfect thriller debut." -- Lee Child, NY Times bestselling author of The Hard Way

A non-stop fun read.

In STEALING THE DRAGON, first-time novelist Tim Maleeny gives us an exercise in pulp, noir and kung fu, all rolled into one: three great tastes that go great together. -- Bookgasm.com, February 2007

Tim Maleeny makes a strong entrance into crime fiction with Stealing The Dragon. There is hardly a drought of Asian-themed mysteries but Maleeny gives readers a fresh and fast take that enthralls." -- Crimespree Magazine, Jan/Feb 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: The Cape Weathers Investigations (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink; First Edition edition (March 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738709972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738709970
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,051,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Montgomery VINE VOICE on February 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
San Francisco comes alive in Tim Maleeny's engaging and confident debut thriller, Stealing the Dragon, a dark but witty book that showcases a new talent that is likely to please many readers.

When a container ship filled with illegal Chinese immigrants runs aground on Alcatraz Island, the crew slaughtered like cattle, private investigator Cape Weathers decides to find out what happened. His motives aren't mercenary, but personal. He's afraid that his friend Sally, a woman with a shadowy, hidden past, might have been the killer.

Weathers' investigation takes him into Chinatown where he runs up against the Triads, a local leader with his eyes on the mayors' office and an exiled mob boss improbably named One-Eyed Dong. The colorful characters are just part of the fun in this fast-paced story. Even better are the flashbacks to Sally's life growing up in a Hong Kong school for assassins.

Stealing the Dragon is an entertaining story that combines a gumshoe mystery in the tradition of Dashiell Hammett with the exotic action of Trevanian. If the detective story isn't as interesting as the other aspects of the plot, it is still refreshing to see an author trying to do something different in the PI genre.
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A ship runs aground in San Francisco full of Chinese refugees and the crew has been murdered by an unknown unseen assassin. Enter Cape Weathers a private eye, whose friend on the SFPD clues him into helping the authorities solve the case. Cape is called upon not so much for his reputation as that of his friend, Sally, who was raised and trained from a young girl by the Triads. There's the body count, especially the one Cape finds in the trunk of his car which he keeps on ice, literally. There's the mystery of all the unknown possible suspects, and there's this alternate story of Sally's life entwined in the story. How Sally grew up, and where, and all about her special training and skills. You might be a little like me while reading this and say, "Wow, this is Maleeny's first book?" And the best part is the promise of more Cape Weathers to come. At times funny, and other times thrilling, this book was not a disappointment and one I found hard to put down. I'm now anxiously awaiting the 2nd in this series about Cape and Sally.
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This book was entertaining from the first page to the last, introducing us to a new set of interesting and endearing characters. I have found another writer to add to my list of favorites. I eagerly await the next installment, Beating the Babushka!
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Great plot. Easy to follow, kept me guessing until the end.....the pieces fell into place wonderfully. Interesting characters with interesting backgrounds. I like that it addressed the issue how people are treated just for an attempt at a better life and how they are exploited and plotted against as their life means nothing.
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Very interesting look into Chinese traditions and their position in the San Francisco culture. As well, the characters are very well drawn. Our hero, Cape Weathers, has a sharp tongue that gets him in trouble but makes him lovable to the reader. His "partner" is a fascinating combination of lovable and fearsome that gives a bow to the new trend of female super-heroes who can do anything. His mother figure, the reporter he used to work with, has Cape, himself, in some awe. The plotting is fast paced and well thought out, interesting, and a real mystery right up until the end. Everyone wore at least 2 faces and we were privy to them all - really fascinating plotting.
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I fell in love with Cape Weathers on the first page. Mr. Maleeny has given us a great set of characters. The story ha a twisting plot with marvelous dialogue. Going to buy the other books in the series.
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Talk about well written and exciting. I couldn't put this down. I would stop for awhile and have go back. It just kept me wanting to find out how it ended. The characters are intriguing and sometimes endearing or completely unlikable. The ending makes you want to read the next one.
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Some mysteries are unpleasant to read, however well you may be caught up in the plot. This one was a pleasure to read all the way through. The characters are well-developed. I particularly liked the relationship between Cape Weathers and his close friend the female ninja, and also his relationship with the police. The plot was intricate but not difficult to keep straight, and its interweaving with the powers in Chinatown was well done. I highly recommend the book.
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