Return to Dust: A Rick Van Lam Mystery
Poisoned Pen, 2015 (2015)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
n the first scene of Andrew Lanh's
Return to Dust
, the second of his Rick Van Lam series, Marta Kowalski's dead body has been found beneath the Farmington River Bridge. Police consider her another very sad suicide.
arta had been a very popular cleaner in the town but had become depressed over the death of an old friend. But anyone questioned by the police stated that they had no idea she had been depressed enough to kill herself. She had gone many times to Atlantic City and the Indian casinos and played the party girl, coming onto men who ignored her. Police discovered that she had no enemies. But also no friends!
er niece Karen is sure foul play caused her aunt's death and hires Amerasian PI Rick Van Lam to prove her right. Karen didn't like her aunt, but she was her aunt, after all. Rick is not welcome in the Vietnamese community because his oriental blood is tainted with an American father's. However, his very good friend Hank has brought Rick to his wholly Vietnamese household where Hank's grandmother with her Buddhist leanings champions Rick's visits.
ick asks questions and discovers that all is not as it seems to be. The more he delves into the Vietnamese part of Farmington, the more he feels he is progressing toward solving the question of whether Marta committed suicide or was murdered.
anh is a breath of fresh air. His first novel,
, was well received as I am sure this one will also be. Let's have more of Rick, Mr. Lanh.
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