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 unflinching tour through San Francisco's underbelly. Hoffman writes with unstoppable momentum and produces twists that will surprise until the end.
Publisher: New York :, Atlantic Monthly Press,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780802124203
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Hoffman Patrick 08/2014
Characteristics: 241 pages ;,22 cm


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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.

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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