Jack Flowers, saint or sinner, caught a passing bumboat into Singapore and got a job as a water-clerk to a Chinese ship chandler. Now, on the side, he offers girls (indeed 'anything, anything at all') to tourists, sailors, residents and expatriates, but he is haunted by his lack of worldly success and his fifty-three years weigh heavily on him. So when he agrees to act as blackmailer for the faintly sinister American, Edwin Shuck, in a plot against a general from Vietnam, he has high, not to mention wild, hopes of triumph.
These are the outrageous confessions of an ingenious con man in the seedy and unforgettable world of expatriates amidst imperial ruins.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
Captures almost exactly what it feels like to live in SE Asia as an expat. Never went to Singapore, but I actually did meet a few people in Bangkok who reminded me of Jack Flowers. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dickmanikowski - LibraryThing
I hadn't read any of Paul Theroux's books in many years, but I'm glad I grabbed this one off the library shelf. Bostonian Jack Fiori jumps ship in Singapore and invents a new life for himself as Jack ... Read full review