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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Review: Saint JackUser Review - Chris - Goodreads
Maybe it just wasn't the right book for the Christmas season. Maybe a book about a guy from Boston who becomes a pimp in Singapore just doesn't relate. Or maybe I'm more of a prude than I thought. But ... Read full review
Review: Saint JackUser Review - Tim - Goodreads
Like Jack Flowers, Singapore has a less salubrious past. The modern image of Singapore is an excruciatingly clean, wealthy and law abiding city, where chewing gum is illegal and taxi drivers refuse ... Read full review