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Set against the wretched trade in drugs and human misery operating during the Vietnam War, Bryce Courtenay's Fortune Cookie is a spellbinding thriller, with a story of love against impossible odds at its heart.

Enter a dark and dangerous world ...

Simon Koo is an ambitious Australian-born Chinese young man who goes to Singapore in the mid-sixties to work for Samuel Oswald Wing, an advertising agency. But the Wing brothers, who run the agency, are not what they seem. There is soon trouble when Simon falls in love with the forbidden Mercy B. Lord, the illegitimate daughter of a Japanese officer and a Chinese mother who abandoned her on the doorstep of a Catholic orphanage.

With no family or connections, this beautiful young woman is powerless to resist the evil influence of Beatrice Fong, a manipulative businesswoman, who, in league with the Wing brothers, lures her into the dark and dangerous international trade in sex workers and heroin trafficking involving the American CIA. Simon, an unlikely hero, must save her at any cost.

Reviews

A multi-layered, cross-genre epic with tremendously broad appeal.

Sun-Herald

This book is Mad Men in a cheongsam with a burgeoning advertising industry and Chinese culture mixed with a healthy dollop of romance, mystery and intrigue.

West Australian

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  • Paperback

    9780143205616

    January 3, 2012

    Penguin

    588 pages

    RRP $24.95

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780670074907

    June 27, 2011

    Viking

    592 pages

    RRP $29.95

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  • Hardback

    9780670074082

    November 15, 2010

    Viking

    592 pages

    RRP $49.95

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  • Paperback

    9781742531731

    November 15, 2010

    Penguin Apps

    592 pages

    RRP $21.99

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  • EBook

    9781742531649

    November 15, 2010

    Penguin eBooks

    592 pages

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Tommo And Hawk
The Power Of One
Whitethorn
Brother Fish
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The Power of One: Young Readers' Ed

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