by Christie Dickason
Villard Books, 1987, [First Edition], hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 0394559436
Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, dustjacket has minor edge and shelf wear with one small tear to back edge.
'A sweeping saga of Vietnam, as exotic and turbulent as the land and the conflict it chronicles. An extraordinary young novelist has created a world—and a heroine—in the grand tradition!
Bridging the decades from the corruption-rife era of the French occupation to the violent years of the American invasion, Indochine tells, with cinematic intensity, of a lush country exploited from within and without, and of the mysterious Saigon, an open city where crime is the only means to survival and love is a luxury too dangerous to afford.
Its dazzling heroine is Nina, the proud and beautiful daughter of a French mother and a Vietnamese father—and a woman of a thousand faces. Left to fend for herself in the perilous wake of the French withdrawal, Nina climbs, through her own strength and brilliance, to a position of supreme—and menacing—power in a society roiling with chaos.
To Corsican heroin czar Emile Carbone, Nina is the inheritor of her father’s vast opium network—a businesswoman to be respected, an adversary to be feared…
To petty gangster Andrew Martell, she is the desperate girl he weds for his own purposes—then pays the price…
To the dashing guerrilla warlord Thu, she is lethal as a tiger and courageous as a dragon, the sensuous object of his most passionate desires…
To American journalist Will John, she is both alluring and innocent, the complex and radiant creature he adores, but must not love…'