Eli Rose has spent the second half of the 1980's living off the grid in Costa Rica, trying to escape the demons of his past. Unfortunately, his less than idyllic existence is about to be shattered by the beautiful and mysterious Mai Lee Jones, sent by her uncle to hire Eli to find a priceless Han Dynasty carving. But it soon becomes clear that this job is t what it appears to be, as Eli and Mai Lee fight for survival in the dense jungle of rthern Vietnam. The Next Best Man is a story of betrayal, survival, and redemption in a time of political upheaval in Southeast Asia.
Bob Erlich has spent the past 30 years working for various companies and government agencies in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia. His extensive travels have given him an intimate knowledge of the people, places, and time described in The Next Best Man. Bob is also the author of the first novel in the Eli Rose series, No Vacancy. He currently lives outside Houston, Texas.