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The Trader of Saigon

The Trader of Saigon

Author(s): Lucy Cruickshanks

Location(s): Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1980s

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From Hanoi to Saigon, a tale of one woman’s search for a better life – and a thriller that strikes to the merciless heart of post-civil war Vietnam. In the chaos and corruption of 1980s’ Vietnam, three seemingly unconnected lives are brought together by greed, fear and hope.

As a US Army deserter, Alexander is a man without country: trapped in a life he no longer controls and embroiled in the dark business of trading women. His latest victim is Hanh, a rural girl who moved to Hanoi to escape inevitable poverty and who sees Alexander’s arrival as the answer to her prayers. Neither of them has ever met Phuc – a Vietnamese businessman who backed the wrong side in the war and is now unable to pay his financial and political debts to the Party. But his struggles are about to change both their lives.

From a society torn apart by war comes a tale of redemption and salvation: a thrilling saga and an explosive debut novel.

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This is definitely a book to read whilst travelling in Vietnam, or after a return from the country. The chaos of the country is well evoked but might not resonate so much if a...

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