Old Friend Cane

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Nick Firestone & Company has a new challenge. It’s 2027 in a post-USA San Francisco. The world is drenched in intrigue, eShirts, GovCoupies, and GlimmerGlass. Still, the old folk of Chinatown are trying to hold on to their dearest traditions. Then, in a mysterious incident, the Don of Chinatown is conked on the head and taken out of commission. It’s up to our intrepid sleuths, Nick, Amy, John and Wiggins to find the culprit. After all, the victim is Amy and John’s uncle, Tangy Win. In a mad dash, with the help of Old Friend Cane and its unusual properties, we encounter a kaleidoscopic host of characters from both the past and the present; some familiar from The Jade Owl Legacy Series and new ones, including a narcissistic real estate tycoon manipulating from his high tower overlooking the bay.

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Nick Firestone & Company has a new challenge. It’s 2027 in a post-USA San Francisco. The world is drenched in intrigue, eShirts, GovCoupies, and GlimmerGlass. Still, the old folk of Chinatown are trying to hold on to their dearest traditions. Then, in a mysterious incident, the Don of Chinatown is conked on the head and taken out of commission. It’s up to our intrepid sleuths, Nick, Amy, John and Wiggins to find the culprit. After all, the victim is Amy and John’s uncle, Tangy Win. In a mad dash, with the help of Old Friend Cane and its unusual properties, we encounter a kaleidoscopic host of characters from both the past and the present; some familiar from The Jade Owl Legacy Series and new ones, including a narcissistic real estate tycoon manipulating from his high tower overlooking the bay.

This second Nick Firestone mystery finds our twenty-somethings tangling with a frustrating puzzle in a techno world which is outpacing humanity. And yet, a flicker of hope remains as long as young love blooms and old love never fades. This trip down the rabbit hole will challenge even the keenest riddle buster. So, don your slickers and grab your Big-Ass Brolly and brave the storm of Old Friend Cane.

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Review from Ann at GoodReads
2016

So, you don't have to have read the first of this series to enjoy this book, but it helps. It helps even more if you've read the author's "Jade Owl" series.

There's a certain voice and writing style here that is kind of light and quirky and I quite enjoy it, but I certainly realize that not everyone will. In this series, a young man in near future San Francisco -- mid 2020s, I believe -- is a sort of private investigator. He's not himself got any special powers, but he's got access to artifacts that, when put in proximity to each other, sometimes cause strange things to happen. And the parental generation of he and his buddies all DO have powers conferred by artifacts -- their stories are told in the Jade Owl series. So the first thing you have to do is just accept all that. :)

Once you do, it's quite good fun . . . the author has a prodigous knowledge of Chinese culture as well as familiarity with San Francisco. Both are important in the final resolution.

It's not an overly complex tale, but I found it quite an enjoyable read, and look forward to the next volume.

About the Author

Edward C. Patterson has been writing novels, short fiction, poetry and drama his entire life, always seeking the emotional core of any story he tells. With his eighth novel, The Jade Owl, he combines an imaginative touch with his life long devotion to China and its history. He has earned an MA in Chinese History from Brooklyn College with further postgraduate work at Columbia University. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he has spent four decades as a soldier in the corporate world gaining insight into the human condition. He won the 2000 New Jersey Minority Achievement Award for his work in corporate diversity. Blending world travel experiences with a passion for story telling, his adventures continue as he works to permeate his reader’s souls from an indelible wellspring. His novel No Irish Need Apply was named Book of the Month for June 2009 by Booz Allen Hamilton’s Diversity Reading Organization. His Novel The Jade Owl was a finalist for The 2009 Rainbow Awards.