The White Van

The White Van

Book - 2014
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At a dive bar in San Francisco's edgy Tenderloin district, drug-hustling Emily Rosario is drinking whiskey and looking for an escape from her desperate lifestyle. When she is approached by a Russian businessman, she thinks she might have found her exit. A week later--drugged, disoriented and wanted for robbery--Emily finds herself on the run for her life.

When cop Leo Elias--broke, alcoholic and desperate--hears about an unsolved bank robbery, the stolen money proves too strong a temptation. Elias takes the case into his own hands, hoping to find Emily and the money before anyone else does.

A sharply drawn cast of characters--dirty cops, Russian drug dealers, Chinese black-market traders, street smart Cambodians, and shady entrepreneurs--all take part in this terrifying tour through San Francisco's underbelly. Confronted with the intimate details of characters that blur the line between good and evil, and twists that surprise until the end, readers of THE WHITE VAN will find their own moral code challenged by the desperate decisions the characters are forced to make.
Publisher: New York :, Atlantic Monthly Press,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780802123046
080212304X
9780802124203
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Hoffman Patrick 08/2014
Characteristics: 241 pages ;,22 cm

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Sabrinasaurus
Mar 13, 2016

All Emily wanted was a drink at the bar, but cozying up to the likeliest mark has landed her in a heap of trouble. Coerced into robbing a bank, she's now being hunted by both the police and a whole host of bad guys who really want the money. Russian gangsters, Cambodian street gangs, Chinese black marketers, a corrupt cop -- it seems as if all of San Francisco's criminal underclass is after her. Fans of this gripping debut should mark their calendars -- author (and former P.I.) Patrick Hoffman will be publishing his second book, Every Man a Menace, in October.

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7journeyS
Dec 10, 2014

I checked out the wrong book. However, I found this a snappy read with a plot that keeps you turning pages. Crime caper set in SF.

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