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Soon after an ancient talisman is smuggled out of Hong Kong, a container ship filled with Chinese refugees runs aground on Alcatraz, the crew murdered. The Chinese Triads suspect one of their own, a female assassin named Sally known to have a complex relationship with a San Francisco detective named Cape Weathers. But when Sally goes missing, Cape becomes the focus of theSoon after an ancient talisman is smuggled out of Hong Kong, a container ship filled with Chinese refugees runs aground on Alcatraz, the crew murdered. The Chinese Triads suspect one of their own, a female assassin named Sally known to have a complex relationship with a San Francisco detective named Cape Weathers. But when Sally goes missing, Cape becomes the focus of the Triads’ attention, and soon the police and FBI have him on their radar. Cape quickly realizes he’s screwed if he doesn’t find out what really happened on board the ship. He soon seeks the aid of two neurotic cops, a drug lord, an autistic computer genius, a mayoral candidate, and a reporter with sentient hair. From there, it all goes to Hell....

Title : Stealing the Dragon
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ISBN : 9780738709970
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Number of Pages : 365 Pages
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Stealing the Dragon Reviews

  • Stargazer
    2018-12-01 14:23

    I enjoyed the back story of this book, which i kept wondering about as i 'felt' like this was book 2 of a series - and here i see it is no 1...hmmm...Liked Sally, so will try book 2.

  • Gabriel
    2018-12-10 16:03

    OK, this is my first book by this author so I didn't quite knew what to expect.It turns out to be a nice, relaxing and quite entertaining book.There is plenty of Asian culture reference, you'll find about tirads, yakuza, about their history and symbols, what they do, what they believe in, how they recruit and train their followers, how they discipline them and much more.Plenty of symbolism is revealed, as is it often in Asian culture, from scorpions meaning and use, to snakes, to numerology and more, all revolving as the title suggest to the myth of the dragon, whom as some of you may already know has a significant importance in the Asian culture.It's quite obvious that the author is keen of the Asian culture, well acquainted with and did some intense research about every topic touched in the book. And this makes the book pleasant and educative at the same time.There is a plot, developing with plenty of twists and turns, great characters with their own agendas, and even more, there is great humor inserted in the characters dialog from time to time and that brings even more color to the whole picture. You'll travel back and forth in present time and with some flash-backs between San Francisco - China Town mostly and Hong Kong and this gives a flavor of realism, especially since I for one, was pleased to find described a real life landmark in San Fran, the broken bow and arrow on the pier park... nice and again pleasant destinations to visit with your mind eyes... and of course in real life for that matter...The only one thing that struck me as odd and out of place is a deep friendship, not in a sexula way, between a half chinese woman trained by the triads and a skilled detective a typical white american man - that is too unrealistic if you ask me - you don't quite see that mix, not even if San Fran, and I know, I lived there.... but hey, it may be just me...bottom line:I for one, I've enjoyed this book and I will definitely follow this author and look for more. If you still hesitate, don't worry, just go for it, you will like it.

  • Chompa
    2018-11-21 13:23

    Cape Weathers is not Spenser, but is apparently influenced in some ways. And even compared to Robert B. Parker's most famous character. Cape and Spenser both have bad-ass and deadly friends. Spenser has Hawk who is black, strong and a killer. Cape has Sally who is Asian, lesbian and a trained assassin. Cape and Spenser both have cops who are friends. Both often meet up with other competent cops, agents, men and find a mutual respect for each other. Cape and Spenser both are willing and able to do what is right - regardless of the law. Here's the differences. Writing - it is really not fair to compare many people to Robert B. Parker. Story - it is really not fair to compare many people to Robert B. Parker. Characters - it is really... okay, you get the point. But on characters, I liked both Cape and Sally, there just didn't seem to be a lot to Cape. Sally was the better developed character despite being secondary? Also Cape did some things with a dead body he found in his trunk that made me think, "What the hell is he thinking?" Even scofflaws like Spenser would have call that in to the cops. They certainly wouldn't have driven around at random with the body on ice for a bit before dumping it in front of a suspect's business and taking a picture of it. Overall, the story was okay. The Chinatown setting and San Francisco are good. The development and training of Sally as an assassin were actually very good. The book was a very quick and decent read. I may follow up with another.

  • P.J. Morse
    2018-11-25 13:59

    I downloaded this book because a) it was free and b) it was set in San Francisco. Both of these facts make me happy.Then I started reading, and I discovered a few of the flaws mentioned by other reviewers, the most glaring of which is that it is the first book in a series, but it reads like the second. This is a problem, so one star off, but ...Trust this book. Keep reading. The mystery is solid and satisfying. Usually agents and marketers want a book to grab you from the first chapter. This book does not, but it sure does grab you at the end. The hero, Cape, has a delightful, smartass sense of humor, which balances the seriousness of Sally, his loyal friend and trained professional assassin.Finally, if you have any feelings in your heart for the fine city of San Francisco, this book will speak to you. The author goes beyond mentions of Chinatown. He knows his stuff. He name-checks multiple restaurants (Delancey Street, Town's End) and even obliquely references some of the city's prominent figures (Willie Brown, not mentioned by name, but quite obvious from the text).Be patient with this one. You'll be rewarded.

  • Sue Jaffarian
    2018-12-10 17:20

    I love Tim Maleeny's work and look forward to the next Cape Weathers adventure.

  • Linda
    2018-12-11 17:22

    Very good. Looking forward to reading more Cape and Sally...

  • Marin
    2018-12-11 12:04

    Mystery, murder, chinese mafia, detectives with odd names... what's not to like? So good, I read it in almost 4 hrs. Some bad language.

  • Quinn
    2018-11-22 11:05

    A good action book. Young girls trained to be warriors. A ship full of Chinese people looking for freedom in the hold. A detective connecting the dots in San Francisco's Chinatown.

  • Bill
    2018-11-19 15:58

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  • Kathleen Hagen
    2018-12-09 14:20

    Stealing the Dragon, by Tim Maleeny, a-minus, Narrated by Michael Kramer, produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from audible.com.This is the first in the Cape Weathers series. Cape was a journalist who found he liked investigating so well that he got a private eye license. Cape has worked in San Francisco several times with Sally, a Chinese woman who can be described as a professional assassin. But Cape finds himself in difficulties when a container ship runs aground on Alcatraz. The crew is killed, and dozens of refugees from China, who had been held in steerage in horrible circumstances, were dumped into the water and had to be rescued. A woman was seen, a Chinese woman suspected to be Sally, right before the ship ran aground and exploded. The police and the FBI suspect Sally and lean on Cape to bring her in, but Sally has disappeared. Cape begins the process of finding out about this container ship, what was it doing, was its human cargo illegal aliens being brought in for slave labor, and was the crew deliberately murdered? As Cape investigates, he gets help from a lieutenant who is an old friend, an FBI agent who becomes a new friend, an autistic computer nurd, a reporter, and he tracks Sally down. A Chinese triad is seeking to root itself in San Francisco, maybe by entering politics. The story moves back and forth between Cape in present-day San Francisco, and Sally’s early life in Hong Kong before she came to San Francisco. Her early life holds the clues for the trouble that occurs in San Francisco. This is a book you won’t be able to put down. And the narrator was perfect for the book, using a somewhat laid back approach to narrating the various characters. This book got, I think, an Edgar award for best first novel in 2008.

  • Karen
    2018-11-27 13:11

    Tim Maleeny's book Stealing the Dragon is both compelling and addicting. It composes of many twists and turns along it's plot that predictions are hard to make. The book includes assassinations, vivid fights, a typical lust story, and many alliances all leading back to ancient china and it's history with gangs and war. Cape Weathers, a detective, finds himself in the middle of a robbery and chaos with the help of a couple friends.I personally enjoyed the book's composition because it was thrilling and very hooking. It's one of those books that doesnt make sense until the end explains everything and then the reader is left with some sort of out of ordinary feeling. It is basically like a Rush Hour movie, except with different story lines. I recommend this book to people who enjoy thrill and mystery.

  • Roy Hanney
    2018-11-15 09:14

    I was surprised by this book as I thought I had purchased a Dashall Hammett collection and this was the second item in the ebook. Actually I found it fun and enjoyable and not too cliched. I am tempted to read the rest of the books in the series but I am not sure they will be too much of an improvement. I assume they will follow a tried and tested formula and will gtet a little boring if you have read the first one. On the other hand I am intrigued enough by the characters to want to know more so perhaps I will give it a go.

  • Lesley
    2018-12-02 14:28

    I actually read the paper version of this book! I liked it. I found it a little slow to start, but that may have just been me as I didn't have the time at first to sit down for long periods and really dive into the book. But, once I got about halfway through, the book really took off for me. I like Cape Weathers, and I really like Sally, a take-charge, kick-ass type of female.This book was characterized as a thriller, but I wouldn't call it that. It is a solid private detective novel, and I will look for more books by Tim Maleeny.

  • Gannonwb
    2018-11-18 12:25

    This was enjoyable, the problem was that the secondary character of Sally was far more interesting than the protagonist. Cape Weathers, a smart alec unflappable tough guy PI......how original. The character of Sally however was something new to read. Hope he follows that thread. I thought the writing was evocative of both San Fran and Hong Kong, another plus.

  • M.
    2018-12-01 13:17

    What I know about Chinese tongs and triads in China and in San Francisco would fill a thimble compared to the ocean of things I don't know. I learned a bit about them in this book. Even though it's an unfamiliar subject, the author writes with a light hand, has interesting characters, and an unusual plot line. A fast read and well worth the effort.

  • Frank
    2018-11-29 17:03

    I listened to the end of the mp3, so there must have been something to the narrative, maybe the orphan ninja girl assassin, "Little Dragon". But the depiction of the Chinese mafia was borderline racist and somewhat absurd, the tortures bizarre, the commentary on China bordering on Red Baiting. And Cape Weathers was a little irritating also.

  • Lynn Wyvill
    2018-11-21 11:11

    This was a gentle read. I liked Cape and also the fact he is not dominant in the story. Prominent certainly, but other interesting characters are given equal time, so at the conclusion I was remembering each one. I look forward to another read. Y this author.

  • Debi
    2018-12-01 15:12

    Here's another book I picked up from the library that sounded great. Got several good recommendations. Just not my cup of tea. I like thrillers, I enjoy plot driven, I hate stilted dialogue. The first chapter is all narrative and slows the book down to a crawl. Finally had to put it down.

  • Betty
    2018-12-07 09:16

    Fast paced, different spin to the genre. Cape Weathers sidekick is a martial arts trained assassin and this book gives background information on her. 2nd book in the series by a new author. I picked this up in Murder By the Book bookstore on the recommendation of the owner.

  • Sue Nitz
    2018-11-22 12:01

    Wonderful tale with great characters. I can't wait to read more by this author. So glad I stumbled upon this book.

  • Charity Bradford
    2018-11-15 10:03

    I really enjoyed this book. I wish the language had been better in spots, but the story was good. My favorite parts were the chapters on Sally's growing up years.

  • Kate
    2018-11-21 12:58

    It was okay. Pretty typical mystery, but fun because it was set in San Francisco.

  • Michelle
    2018-11-20 11:03

    This was a good book but it felt like I landed in the middle of the series rather then at the first book. The characters could use a little more fleshing out but I would read more in the series.

  • Rachel
    2018-12-05 11:14

    Great light reading for the plane trip to San Fran

  • Eugene Lee
    2018-12-08 14:02

    Some of my favorite micro-genres mashed together - noir detective meets Bay Area meets Asian martial arts meets murder mystery. Fun!

  • Chompa
    2018-11-30 11:12

    An "okay" book. Didn't really buy into the characters much. Might check out the sequels.

  • Christy
    2018-11-17 10:28

    Good beach-read. I'll pick up the second one soon.

  • Brian Chafin
    2018-11-15 09:03

    Pretty formulaic, but an enjoyable example of the genre.

  • Yannick Serres
    2018-11-24 15:22

    Histoire de fiction comportant action et intrigue. Une jeune fille voudra manger la mort de ses parents et apprendra très prématurément l'art de tuer.

  • Kelly
    2018-11-23 17:12

    could not get into this book..never finished it. i will when i need a change from romance.