The combination of geographic and historical fact is what makes this thriller a comfortable fit of shoe. What it lacks in storyline it makes up for in scenario and general feel of the area.The plot often appears to be secondary to the factual background the author wanted to bring to the front and perhaps that was to the detriment of the story, despite it also being the charm of said story.Now and again the flow seems to wander between secondary facts and the actual story. This makes it seem a little disjointed. For me it lacked a semblance of emotions and it was hard to feel empathy for the plight of the characters.Interesting sub-plot and info on the Chinese Triads in the US.All in all it is a pleasant thriller. The author might need to leave the journalistic style behind and write in a way that gels more with the hype of fiction.I received a free copy of this book for my review.