New Thriller May Change the Way Readers Look at the Phrase ‘Made in China’

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Law professor Mark Reutlinger turns his gaze to America’s penchant for outsourced manufacturing.

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In his new espionage thriller, “Made in China” (published by Abbott Press), Mark Reutlinger weaves a pulse-quickening tale with real-life possibilities.

“I believe that the outsourcing of virtually all of our manufacturing to China and other countries is not only bad for our economy – especially devastating to the middle-class American worker – but dangerous as well,” says Reutlinger. “We are putting ourselves at the mercy of potential enemies, becoming increasingly dependent on them for everything we buy and sell. I decided to write the book when my wife and I were building and furnishing our new home a few years ago. We tried to purchase things made in America whenever we could, but with little success. It soon became clear just how few goods American workers now produce and how little is left of our once-dominant industrial base.”

This sobering reality formed the basis for “Made in China.” In the book Reutlinger looks ahead to America as it appears in the year 2020. The view isn’t an optimistic one. By then, with the continued outsourcing of American manufacturing, the U.S. has become almost totally dependent on China and its Asian allies for its manufactured goods.

Seattle systems engineer Jack Conway discovers a secret Chinese government plan to cut off exports to the West in an act of economic warfare, leaving Americans with nothing to buy or sell. Jack becomes the point man in the nation’s attempt to avert economic disaster, and this in turn makes him and the woman he loves the targets of ruthless killers in a deadly game of industrial espionage and international intrigue.

As this electrifying tale concludes, we learn whether and how America meets this ultimate challenge to its economic survival. Mystery fans, as well as aficionados of politics and international trade, are sure to find much to enjoy.

“While the underlying message is serious,” says Reutlinger, “I like to think the book has all of the usual elements of a good story: mystery, suspense, love, sex, humor, murder and, of course, a car chase.”

About the Author
Mark Reutlinger is a professor of law emeritus at Seattle University. He has written extensively on the law, but Made in China is his first full-length novel. Born in San Francisco, Reutlinger graduated first in his class from UC–Berkeley and now lives with his wife, Analee, in University Place, Washington.

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