12.22.2006

HH Com 325

A Tajistan Love Story, humorous novel

Jason’s life has not been at all what he expected after finishing two years in Tajistan as a Peace Corps volunteer. He spends his days working at a hectic refugee resettlement agency, his evenings dodging his peppy girlfriend who doesn’t realize they are no longer dating, and nights sleeping in his parents’ basement—along with his older sister and her two kids. But his life turns from pathetic to menacing when the Tajistan government claims Jason owes them half a million dollars in unpaid taxes and the Tajistan mafia takes a sudden interest in his future career path. The more he tries to convince them that they are pursuing the wrong person, the more shocked he is to realize they may not be. Facing deportation and threats to his life, Jason realizes the only way to unravel the mystery is to return to the country where it all started.


a little tepid but hooks can be forgiven for that.
yes, there's the ever present "Russian mafia" disguised as the Tajistan mafia but we can overlook that too.



The clincher is this: The more he tries to convince them that they are pursuing the wrong person, the more shocked he is to realize they may not be

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Jason realizes the only way to unravel the mystery is to return to the country where it all started."

Oh, yeah, that's real smart. Go back where he has no constitutional rights, no habeas corpus thingy, no ACLU to save his ass. Um hmm, right.

(I've lived in one of those places. They're SCARY.)

j.c.

Inkwolf said...

Heh, heh...well, as I've said in another post, I love adventure books in exotic places I'll never see. :) I'd consider reading this.

cm allison said...

but anon, if by chance it was in that "scary" country that Jason got doppelgangered (if that is indeed what happened...)

Touch more Author, nearly got me sold!

Twill said...

An American citizen is not subject to "deportation" to another country. Do you mean "extradition?"

Bina said...

Forgive me, but if this isn't a fictional country, isn't it supposed to be Tajikistan?

Anonymous said...

Nice, succinct hook, with the main complication and a further, unexpected one. I'd read more.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this. I did get a bit confused at the beginning as to where the character was. At first I thought he had *just* finished Peace Corps and was still in that country. But he was sleeping in is parents' basement, and I wondered what his parents' house was doing there. It didn't take long for me to figure out that he was "back home" (presumably in the US) but a little more hint (state name perhaps?) would have avoided that blip for me.

Virginia Miss said...

I liked the setting, and the bit Miss Snark mentioned (that maybe they're not after the wrong guy)...but this did leave me with more unanswered questions than most of the hooks she's liked.
I wondered, what are they pursuing him for? just unpaid taxes? Does he return to solve a mystery?

Anonymous said...

I liked this one. I'd like to see more of this novel.

Twill's right--if Jason is a U.S. citizen, he might be facing extradition, but not deportation. The extradition treaty will spell out what crimes are covered. If tax evasion isn't one of them, the writer will no doubt be able to cook up another charge or two that are covered.

And while Jason would be a foolish, foolish, man to go to a country that does not observe the rule of law, he must do what his author bids him to do--even if it means climbing up to the top of that tree and dodging the stones thrown at him by the Taj-mafia and the Taj-revenuers.