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Sambath Long was a Cambodian refugee, and now he's an American homicide cop. Sam's investigation of a brutal murder unearths painful memories that threaten to tear his own life apart....

Title : little mountain
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ISBN : 12511067
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Number of Pages : 270 Pages
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  • Karyn Hall
    2019-05-10 04:22

    Bob Sanchez, author of Little Mountain, writes with a sharp cadence that reflects the harsh refugee community where the Cambodian residents live with the brutality of their past and the continuing violence that is their present. For example, the opening line, "Viseth Kim took a long last drag and filled his lungs with smoke," signals the tone of this murder mystery, a haunting book that unnerves and bites at the soul. No simple who-dun-it, Little Mountain immerses the reader in the horror of the communist death camps where now Detective Sambeth Long watched Comrade Bin burn his father to death. One-third of the population of Cambodia was murdered during those years and Long's experience makes the tragedy a vivid reality for the reader.Now working in Lowell, Massachusetts, Detective Long is faced with solving the murder of a man he believes tortured and killed countless of his countrymen. His committment to solving the crime leads to his family being attacked. Long's beliefs in who he is and in the laws he upholds are challenged in a gut-wrenching way. You'll be turning the pages long into the night. (This review originally appeared on Amazon.)

  • Ann
    2019-05-02 09:05

    A chilling page turner from beginning to end. Sambath Long, a Cambodian refugee, is one of the best characters I've read in a long time. Mr. Sanchez has outdone himself this time. An excellent read. Strongly recommend.

  • sarahcorbett morgan
    2019-05-04 10:00

    Sambath "Sam" Long is a devoted father, a husband, and a homicide detective working in Lowell, Massachusetts. He is also a refugee who fled the killing fields of Cambodia for a better life in America. Now, Sam is tasked with finding the perpetrator of a murder of a Cambodian landlord. The case will take him back to the ghosts of his childhood and the nightmares of torture, repressive regimes, and the brutal death of his parents and his sister. Bob Sanchez, author of two other crime novels, writes in tight prose, probing criminal elements of the Cambodian community in Lowell and the underlying distrust they have for police and the government in general. Although Sambath is one of them, speaks their language, knows their customs, and the pain of their past, he is also set apart. And Sam--a man in between--has his own issues finding acceptance in his adopted country; his father-in-law is openly hostile toward him and makes it clear he wishes his daughter had married someone else. Someone not Cambodian. The characters are very well developed and Sanchez depicts Lowell, a city fallen from its former glory, its culture clashes, its hidden gangs, and the violence generated by greed and power, to bring the book to life. The writing is a spare and terse but it often segues into quite beautiful passages. "... the sunlight glared in mustard-colored discs off the roofs of cars; curdled air shimmered off the pavement. The smells seemed to form layers that swirled together when a car drove by: mown grass, exhaust fumes, sticky hot top, roses. Two cops worked the apartments down the street, but the neighborhood was otherwise quiet." For anyone who enjoys a well-written and well researched murder mystery, this one is a winner. For those who enjoyed Jean Claude Izzo's gritty true-to-life "Marseilles Trilogy" or the painful memories in Robert Olen Butler's "A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain," this book will not disappoint.

  • Holly
    2019-05-08 06:17

    Detective Sam Long, Lowell, Massachusetts police officer, has worked hard to put his tormented past behind him and fit in with his American colleagues. But when a murder in Lowell's Asian community brings back visions of the Killing Fields, Sambath Long, Cambodian refugee and naturalized U.S. citizen, upholds the law he has sworn to enforce, despite his private belief that maybe the murderer deserves a medal. As voices from his past begin to haunt his waking dreams, Sam finds comfort in the love of his American English-teacher wife, Julie, and their daughter Trish. But he has not burdened them with the horrors he left behind in Cambodia. And when he comes too close to solving the case, Sam is faced, once again, with being unable to protect the family he loves.Bob Sanchez has written a convincing murder mystery, Little Mountain, set in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the midst of a community of Asian immigrants and refugees that respects, fears, and deeply distrusts authority. Much as I enjoy a good murder mystery, I prefer character-driven drama, and Sanchez hooked me from the start with a combination of smooth, engaging writing and believable characters I cared to know better. I particularly liked Detective Sambath Long and his wife Julie, the irrepressible Pheary and her mom, and Fitchie, the devoted husband and partner. By contrast, I despised young Viseth Kim, but wanted to know what made him the contemptible young man he'd become. I ached for his mother.Read more about the author and the making of Little Mountain in my interview with Bob Sanchez at

  • Bodie P
    2019-05-17 03:10

    Little Mountain, by Bob Sanchez, is a deceptively simple book. On the face of it, it’s a detective story–Cambodian-born policeman Sambeth Long is tasked with solving a murder in the Cambodian-American community in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the last decade of the twentieth century.At first glance this would seem like a simple task; Long is himself a transplanted Cambodian. He speaks the language. Moreover, he understands the culture and values of his primary witnesses and suspects. To make things even simpler there are multiple witnesses, and Detective Long has a very good idea who did the killing.And that’s where things start getting complicated. The witnesses won’t talk. The murdered man appears to have ties to the prison camp in which Sam Long was held as a child. Detective Long must unravel a mystery that forces him to confront his childhood imprisonment and the loss of his family, even as it endangers the new family he has created in America.Little Mountain is a tale of two Sambeth Long’s–Cambodian child, and American policeman. In writing this book Sanchez does more than just write a pretty darned good detective story that continues to surprise to the last page: He evokes a Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror, as well as the complexity of integrating its refugees into American culture.This book challenges easy assumptions, and reminds us that we all come with a history, and understanding each others’ separate pasts is vital to understanding our shared present.

  • Rick Bylina
    2019-05-02 07:59

    Little Mountain has a big story. Who is this Bob Sanchez and how did he write such a well-crafted story? "Little Mountain" mixes a sad piece of personal Cambodian history with the need to solve a present day murder for Detective Sambath Long. He has to try and bring closure to both his past and solve a heinous murder that dig into his haunting memories. The story has twists and turns that this mystery writer appreciated. His characters come alive on the page, the dialogue is crisp, and the descriptions of the backstreets of Lowell and the noirishly oppressive weather make you feel like you're on a ride-a-long.Sanchez has carefully interwoven Sam's sad past with his desire to do the right thing in spite of significant obstacles placed in his way. Married, with a small child, he teeters precariously as many cops do between ensuring family security and doggedly pursuing his duty. Politics and priorities clash with the right amount of give-and-take until Sam has to do what he believes is right. And like all great stories or baseball games, "It ain't over until it's over." Sanchez pulls the story strings tight until...well, you'll just have to read this 5-star novel to learn the harrowing ending.

  • Lynn Kelley
    2019-05-14 02:56

    Little Mountain is an intense, compelling murder mystery. Detective Sam/Sambath Long sets out to capture the killer of Bin Chea, a landlord who might possibly be Comrade Bin from Sam's past. The comrade, a leader of the Khmer Rouge Communist regime, tortured and killed Sam's father back in 1978, along with a multitude of other Cambodian prisoners at the death camp known as Little Mountain. Sam is tempted to reward Bin Chea's killer with a medal when he finally catches him. Flashbacks and nightmares of his terrifying past torture Sam throughout the investigation. Each witness or suspect he interviews plays a role in dredging up buried memories that are interwoven with the past and present. Bob Sanchez's dark, gripping tale offers us a glimpse into Cambodian culture and exposes the heart wrenching history of its people.

  • K.P. Vorenberg
    2019-05-16 03:14

    The author has managed to blend the past and the present into a thrilling detective story, one that is haunting and gritty. And he has done this at a breakneck pace throughout. Detective Sambeth Long is a man with a tortured past and a present-day grim determination for justice which nearly destroys him and his little family.I am old enough to remember the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. The author skillfully reminds us of those incredible events through the memories of his finely-drawn character, a man that will not be easily forgotten long after you have finished this book.Bravo, Mr. Sanchez! Thank you for the amazing read . . . .

  • Edith Parzefall
    2019-05-22 09:01

    In this masterfully crafted story, a former Cambodian refugee, Sambath Long, now a detective in Lowell, Massachusetts, is the obvious choice to investigate the murder of a Cambodian immigrant. Searching for a motive he has to face the daemons of his own past. The victim has the same name as the man who murdered Sam's father in the refugee camp Little Mountain. Does he even want to find the killer? Through the eyes and memories of Sam we experience a different culture and see historical events unfold that would otherwise remain vaguely remembered news headlines.If you're only looking for a whodunit, this book might not be for you. Still, why not give it a try although far more interesting questions arise as the plot unravels and with it the past of Khmer Rouge atrocities. Questions like: How could something like this happen? How to preserve humanity in the face of inhuman brutality with out escape?Little Mountain is one of the few books I really think people should read. Why? Because the story reaches beyond the surface of known facts and explores how people can turn into predators or prey, timid lurkers, clever opportunists and lucky or smart survivors-to the point of breaking.I highly recommend this fantastic book.

  • Mike McNeff
    2019-05-05 01:56

    Emerging from the DarknessLittle Mountain is a compelling story and the protagonist, Long Sambath, is my kind of fictional detective because he has all the real thoughts and emotions of a real life cop. He also is a survivor of the genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. His father, mother and sister did not survive, but Long did and made it to America. When he grows up, he becomes a police his father. Bob Sanchez masterfully weaves the story of Long’s ordeal in Cambodia with a modern day murder mystery. Long fights his demons, his lieutenant and prejudice as he a his fellow detectives investigate the crime. The investigation twists and turns and endangers his family, but eventually it leads Long to a secret organization and the demons of his past. He confronts them head on and emerges more at peace with his past and himself.This fast paced book is well written and gives us an inside look at that terrible time in Cambodia. That alone makes the book worth reading. The addition of an absorbing murder mystery is a great bonus! I highly recommend this book to anyone.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-01 01:57

    A more accurate rating would be 3.5. It was an interesting although tragic story with a fascinating main character. The plot is well developed and tension and pace are maintained throughout.Unfortunately, the author contradicts himself a few times (do they know a full name or not, family death order...) and has some time line issues (things are planned before necessary details are revealed). Although in some ways minor, these bugs detract from the quality.

  • Susan
    2019-05-01 08:02

    Not a bad book but not a favorite, and that's sad because the main character, an immigrant turned local Lowell Massachusetts cop, has such potential. Quick easy read and a good story that held my attention, though there was very little interpersonal relationship development, even with the wife and dqughter. That was a real flaw that interfered with my enjoyment of the book.

  • Joe Hofmann
    2019-05-19 04:18

    Dark, but a good read. Interesting protagonist -- Cambodian refugee turned police detective wrestling with the very real demon of his past who appears to have been a murder victim whose death he must investigate. The twist was not wholly unexpected but played out interestingly.

  • Christy
    2019-05-01 04:59

    Very good read. Flashback-type format, so if you don't enjoy bouncing beyond present and past, don't read it. A bit graphic.

  • Jack
    2019-04-28 06:18

    An account interesting crime novel featuring a murder in a Cambodian community in the US. Well written.