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Thin Slice of Life
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Charlie Sweetwater returns to his hometown to visit his brother but arrives to find he is a no-show: The Coast Guard has discovered Johnny’s shrimp boat drifting abandoned in the Gulf. Is it “death by misadventure” as the authorities presume, or something more sinister?
 
Meanwhile, Fulton Harbor, where Charlie’s family have docked their shrimp boats for generations, has changed—and not for the better. Hard-working Vietnamese fishermen are under the thumb of Col. Nguyen Ngoc Bao, a ruthless exiled gangster who aims to recreate his criminal enterprise in a New World setting.
 
Confronting Bao and his thugs are Charlie and a mismatched group of good guys (and gals): a fast-and-loose Cajun hustler, a salty cast of “Third Coast” barroom regulars, a handful of courageous Vietnamese émigrés, a menacing ex-convict, and a misplaced Texas Ranger who discovers a slice of the Lone Star State that the cowboy movies of his boyhood never prepared him for.
 
Along the way Charlie finds himself falling for his brother’s girlfriend, whose zealous desire to see justice served tests his own limits for loyalty and commitment. Unlikely heroes arise from improbable circumstances, and the denizens of the small seaside community find their fortunes and fates ebbing and flowing like the tidal flux of the ocean itself.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Map
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. Chapter 01
  2. pp. 11-14
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  1. Chapter 02
  2. pp. 15-19
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  1. Chapter 03
  2. pp. 20-25
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  1. Chapter 04
  2. pp. 26-34
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  1. Chapter 05
  2. pp. 35-38
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  1. Chapter 06
  2. pp. 39-41
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  1. Chapter 07
  2. pp. 42-46
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  1. Chapter 08
  2. pp. 47-50
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  1. Chapter 09
  2. pp. 51-60
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  1. Chapter 10
  2. pp. 61-65
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  1. Chapter 11
  2. pp. 66-70
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  1. Chapter 12
  2. pp. 71-81
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  1. Chapter 13
  2. pp. 82-84
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  1. Chapter 14
  2. pp. 85-89
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  1. Chapter 15
  2. pp. 90-97
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  1. Chapter 16
  2. pp. 98-103
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  1. Chapter 17
  2. pp. 104-111
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  1. Chapter 18
  2. pp. 112-121
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  1. Chapter 19
  2. pp. 122-130
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  1. Chapter 20
  2. pp. 131-135
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  1. Chapter 21
  2. pp. 136-142
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  1. Chapter 22
  2. pp. 143-146
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  1. Chapter 23
  2. pp. 147-157
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  1. Chapter 24
  2. pp. 158-160
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  1. Chapter 25
  2. pp. 161-172
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  1. Chapter 26
  2. pp. 173-177
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  1. Chapter 27
  2. pp. 178-185
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  1. Chapter 28
  2. pp. 186-190
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  1. Chapter 29
  2. pp. 191-198
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  1. Chapter 30
  2. pp. 199-208
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  1. Chapter 31
  2. pp. 209-215
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  1. Chapter 32
  2. pp. 216-225
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  1. Chapter 33
  2. pp. 226-234
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  1. Chapter 34
  2. pp. 235-242
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  1. Chapter 35
  2. pp. 243-247
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  1. Chapter 36
  2. pp. 248-257
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  1. Chapter 37
  2. pp. 258-264
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  1. Chapter 38
  2. pp. 265-268
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  1. Chapter 39
  2. pp. 269-271
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  1. Chapter 40
  2. pp. 272-276
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  1. Chapter 41
  2. pp. 277-283
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  1. Chapter 42
  2. pp. 284-290
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  1. Chapter 43
  2. pp. 291-300
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  1. Chapter 44
  2. pp. 301-306
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  1. Chapter 45: Epilogue
  2. pp. 307-311
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  1. About the Author, Back Cover
  2. pp. 313-314
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