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The Battered Butterfly

Who or What is The Battered Butterfly? What do you get if you cross Mike Hammer with Ignatius Reilly? Meet Lefty Markowitz! Lefty, an ex-New York cop turned professional gambler, is two hundred and eighty pounds of misanthropy on the prowl in Manila. All he wants is to be left alone. But when a bar girl is murdered Lefty becomes the prime suspect, and everyone is after him. Pursued by Chinese triads, Japanese Yakuza, a Filipino sparrow squad, a corrupt senator and his bodyguards, an overeager reporter, and a psychotic police captain, Lefty must find the real killer before his pursuers find him. Aided by his girlfriend Hyacinth Chin and her protege, Gladiola Laboong, Lefty explores the places the Bureau of Tourism leaves off its maps. He'll look for the killer, but all he really wants to find is a decent slice of pizza."
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Jake Jacobs Like his hero, Lefty Markowitz, Jake Jacobs has played blackjack professionally, could stand to lose a few pounds, and gain more than a few hairs. There the resemblance ends. Jake is from the Chicago area, where they know vastly more about pizza than do the New Yorkers, and he has never worn a uniform: police, military, or Streets and Sanitation. He has done a few other things to pass the time and make some money including: law clerking; computer operation and programming; pizza delivery; taxicab driving and dispatching; phone sales; video store management; casino management; acting; magazine editing; screenwriting and film production; and international consulting among them. Besides traveling the world playing blackjack he is also a top-ranked backgammon player, is the author of two books on the game, and continues to write a monthly column for the online site Gammon Village. Over the years he has lived in Japan, the Republic of Korea, the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Thailand, and has spent considerable time in other parts of Asia including the Philippines. These days he lives in Singapore with his wife Ta, daughter Sasithon, his dog Somtam - an Australian Chihuahua with a Thai name - assorted turtles, hamsters, guinea pigs, and as many geckos as can sneak through the cracks.

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