Michelle Mason tells herself she's on vacation. A brief stay in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta. It's a chance to figure out her next move after the unexpected death of her banker husband, whos left behind a scandal and a pile of debt. The trip was already paid for, and it beats crashing in her sisters spare room. When a good-looking man named Daniel approaches her on the beach, the margaritas have kicked in and she decides: why not?
But the date doesn't go as either of them planned. An assault on Daniel in her hotel room, switched cell phones and an encounter with a "friend" of Daniels named Gary gets Michelle enmeshed in a covert operation involving drug runners, goons, and venture capitalists. Michelle already knows she's caught in a dangerous trap. But she quickly finds that running is not an option. If she's not careful, she'll end up buried in the town dump, with the rest of the trash. Now she needs to fight smart if she wants to survive her vacation.
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"A sinister tale of a vacation gone bad...Puerto Vallarta provides a lush backdrop for Brackmann's richly drawn ex-pat world, which is as eccentric as it is dangerous." - Publishers Weekly
"Brackmann strikes exactly the right mood in this frantic look at an ordinary woman who can't seem to claw her way out of the mess in which she's managed to land." - Kirkus Reviews
"The ending fulfills several strands of the book without totally wrapping up others....an interesting and entertaining update on the damsel-in-distress story (from the damsel's point of view) as well as the Ambler-esque spy thriller." - International Noir Fiction
"Getaway draws you in with the immediate force of its sensuous atmosphere, its living and breathing characters, its riveting plot and most of all, with its sheer believability." - Lene Kaaberbøl & Agnete Friis, New York Times bestselling authors of The Boy in the Suitcase
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Lisa Brackmann has worked as a motion picture executive and an issues researcher in a presidential campaign. She has lived and traveled extensively in China. Rock Paper Tiger is her first novel and was nominated for the Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best First Novel. Lisa Brackmann has worked as an executive at a major motion picture studio, an issues researcher in a presidential campaign, and was the singer/songwriter/bassist in an LA rock band. Her second novel, Getaway, won the Los Angeles Book Festival Grand Prize and was nominated for the T. Jefferson Parker SCIBA award. Her third novel Hour of the Rat (2013) features the return of Rock Paper Tiger's Ellie McEnroe.
A southern California native, Brackmann currently splits her time between Venice, California and Beijing, China.
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