No Exit Press are really, really excited about the release of Dragonfish, by Vu Tran TODAY! To spread the word about this intriguing debut literary crime thriller, they are inviting bloggers to participate in a 10 minute writing prompt to offer their thoughts of #WhereIsSuzy ?
Robert, an Oakland cop, still can’t let go of Suzy, the enigmatic Vietnamese wife who left him two years ago. Now she’s disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent Vietnamese smuggler and gambler who is blackmailing Robert into finding her for him.
As he pursues her through the sleek and seamy gambling dens of Las Vegas, shadowed by Sonny’s sadistic son, ‘Junior’, and assisted by unexpected and reluctant allies, Robert learns more about his ex-wife than he ever did during their marriage. He finds himself chasing the ghosts of her past, one that reaches back to a refugee camp in Malaysia after the fall of Saigon, and his investigation uncovers the existence of an elusive packet of her secret letters to someone else she left behind long ago.
As Robert starts illuminating the dark corners of Suzy’s life, the legacy of her sins threatens to immolate them all.
Using only the information of the synopsis above, (though Google’s help might be acceptable) write a blog post in 10 minutes as to where Suzy is. There is no right answer and no need to think about it for more than one minute, instead, No Exit Press are seeking to display the creative possibilities of where a story can go.
They would like to get as many people involved in this as they can in order to provide as many different ideas and outcomes as possible.
Please share on social media using the hashtag #WhereIsSuzy to encourage others to offer their own imagined answers.
Suzy is haunted. She walked away from a child she held for just a short while when her own young life was falling apart in Saigon. But, she has since built a good life with Robert, a kind-hearted, American police officer, and can’t bring herself to rock the boat by telling him of her unsavoury past – and her secret drives a wedge between them.
Over the years Suzy has cherished the snippets of news about her daughter, who she believed was safe with an old friend in Vietnam. But recent letters hint at the worrying revelation that she has been dazzled by the bright lights of America, edging closer toward a life she cannot escape from – a life Suzy knows only too well from a past she’d left behind.
Drawing from life experience and old contacts, Suzy believes a notoriously dangerous smuggler called Sonny holds the key to her daughter’s whereabouts. Although Suzy will not abandon her child again, she never envisaged the depths she would have to sink to while trying to protect her.
Suzy has little choice but hatch an elaborate plan to get close to Sonny and even agrees to marry him to gain his trust. As soon as she discovers what happened to her daughter they will slip away forever, leaving him and his sordid Las Vegas business associates behind. But the hardest journey of all is yet to come as she will return to where it all began, in Vietnam.
After Sonny became wise to her plan she prays she’s not too late, and wonders if any of this would have happened had she placed her faith in Robert when they first met.
#WhereIsSuzy I’d like to think Suzy (and the daughter I invented for her) made it ‘home’ to Vietnam, perhaps joined by Robert later – providing he’s not being blackmailed for anything too awful, that is…
Phew! Well, that’s my random version of events.
The question is: Where do YOU think Suzy is? No Exit Press would LOVE to hear from you!
Remember, there’s no right or wrong answer – it’s just for fun. If you’d like to join in, don’t forget to use the Twitter Hashtag when publishing your blog post – #WhereIsSuzy
(HUGE thanks to NO EXIT PRESS for inviting me to participate in the launch of Dragonfish, and Matt at READER DAD Blog for pointing them this way!)
All the best,
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3 thoughts on “NEW BOOK RELEASE! Dragonfish, by Vu Tran (#WhereIsSuzy challenge)”
Great post Wendy. They contacted me about this but my mind just went totally blank and i just don’t have enough imagination to have come up with anything so opted out. x
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Cheers, Sarah. But you can see the plot holes from the moon in my version of #WhereIsSuzy ! It’s been great fun though.
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