Bangkok Dragons, Cape Cod Tears
“Peffer offers an unusual and intriguing version of star-crossed lovers beset by evil enemies.”
When Michael Decastro gets an email from Tuki — his long-gone client, the lady of ten thousand mysteries — he doesn’t hesistate a moment. He heads to Bangkok to find … what? He doesn’t know. To face what dangers? He hasn’t imagined. All he knows is that she’s beckoned, and he can’t resist her call.
And now, face-to-face with Tuki and a ruby so beautiful it has its own name, Michael must make a choice: move forward, protect Tuki, get to the bottom of her entanglement with the nak lin and see that she’s safe, or run back to his father’s fishing boat, hiding from the ills of the world beneath a watchcap and a raincoat.
Foolhardy, compassionate Michael hardly has to think …
“In this frenetic follow-up to Peffer’s Provincetown Follies, Bangkok Blues (2006), New Bedford, Mass., lawyer Michael Decastro travels to Bangkok at the request of his exotic hermaphrodite friend, Tuki Aparecio. Tuki, who’s under suspicion for the murder of a wealthy Thai man and the theft of an $11 million ruby from a Buddhist temple, is on the run not only from the police but also from nak-lin—gangsters or mafia. Determined to return the ruby to the temple to remove the bad karma from the stolen gem, Tuki enlists Decastro’s help and that of Marcus Aparecio, her African-American father. Against a backdrop of sexually confused tension, Decastro and Tuki try to sort out their feelings for one another. Covering a lot of territory, literally and figuratively, from the Vietnam War to Thailand’s notorious Bangkwang prison and many gender-bending clubs around the world, Peffer offers an unusual and intriguing version of star-crossed lovers beset by evil enemies.”
“Lawyer Michael Decastro jets off to Bangkok when he receives an e-mail from his missing client and love interest, Tuki, the mysterious transvestite and former singer in Provincetown, Massachusetts, who fled the country just as Michael was about to get her cleared of murder (Provincetown Follies, Bangkok Blues, 2006). When Michael tracks down Tuki, now fully female, and her father, a Vietnam vet, in Bangkok, Tuki is attempting to return a cursed ruby. But the local mob and the Thai secret police are after both Tuki and the ruby, and Michael soon finds himself in a desperate race across Southeast Asia. Peffer does a good job with the Asian landscape, evoking the region vividly. This somewhat unusual mystery is fast paced with short chapters and a compressed time line. Michael’s fear and confusion are passed on to the reader and help ratchet up the tension as the climax draws near. Recommend this one both for the quirky yet strong relationship between Michael and Tuki and for the well-realized setting.”