Re: RARA-AVIS: Chinaman's Chance

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 14 Aug 2000

Chinaman's Chance was the first Ross Thomas book I read under his own name (I had read a couple of the Bleeck/St. Ives books). It blew me away and I eventually went on to read all of his books. And I was thrilled that there were further adventures of Woo and Durant.

Of course, I'm a sucker for con jobs and this sort of onion plotting -- just as you peel back one layer, catch up with what's going on, it turns out what you have figured out is but a piece of something bigger. I don't think anyone does this sort of plot better than Thomas.

Chinaman's Chance is the book I use to introduce people to Thomas. I've reread it at least once since that first time and I'm looking forward to reading it again after I finish Ace Atkins' Leavin' Trunk Blues. I'm sure I'll have more comments at that point.


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