Sex, Scandal, corruption and betrayal- this seems to be the theme of the novel, Panama Sushi Coup. The book is a real life experience of the writer who recounts all events in a slow, clear and concise manner. The beauty of the book is that it gets you hooked right from the very first chapter. There is an eager anticipation to know more; to unveil the secrets and to find out if justice has really prevailed in real life. However, the grip of the book is so strong that it does not let you flip through the pages to know the ending, but to read it slowly and linger on all the little details lying between the sheets. Some of the scenes like the description of the brothel are highly mesmerizing. It gives us more than a peek into forbidden areas so that we as laymen get to know the exact way of their functioning. The author understands that most of his readers may not have gone inside any such colorful place in his real life; hence he gives a very thorough description so that nothing is left to the imagination. One great thing about the story is that it manages to covey a vast range of colors that start from bright sunlight, going on to grey gloominess and then finally painting a black picture. The mood changes from happy anticipation to fearful dread and a threat of staying long years in imprisonment. But, as it is real life not all the bad guys are punished. The justice does prevail but not completely. Corruption continues to reign.
As it is an adult book, there are numerous descriptions of sex. The prostitutes are treated in a humane manner. They are showed in a better light than a majority of books written on them. Prostitutes are just like other human beings living a normal life. The only difference is that they just choose to earn their money in this way making sex as their vocation.
The book shows a darker side of human nature. It shows that In the face of money even your closest pal can do an about-face robbing you of everything- your money, your pride, your trust, and even your freedom. I recommend it as a must read to all the people who wants to get a glimpse of the real corrupt world.