The second book in the Vincent Calvino series is Asia
Hand. It was first published by White Lotus in 1993 and reprinted by
Heaven Lake Press in 2000. A number of fans believe it is among the best in the
Grove/Atlantic had decided to publish Asia
Hand in the United States and Great Britain. This is a good news for a
couple of reasons. It means the back listed books in the series will be
published in sequence. Spirit House is due to be released in July 2008. You
can expect the trade paperback edition of Asia
Hand to be published in July 2009.
To refresh your memory,
here’s a summary of Asia Hand.
Bangkok—the Year of the Monkey. Calvino’s
Chinese New Year celebration is interrupted by a call to Lumpini Park Lake,
where Thai cops have just fished the body of a farang cameraman. CNN is
running dramatic footage of several Burmese soldiers on the Thai border
Calvino follows the trail of the dead man to a
feature film crew where he hits the wall of silence. On the other side of that
wall, Calvino and Colonel Pratt discover and elite film unit of old Asia hands
with connections to influential people in Southeast Asia. They find themselves
matched against a set of farangs conditioned for urban survival and
willing to go for a knock-out punch.