By John Burdett
It truly is April 1997, and all of Hong Kong is counting right down to July 1, whilst Britain will quit rule of the rustic to China. Public nervousness in regards to the move of strength is operating excessive, yet “Charlie” Chan Siu-kai’s largest quandary is a grotesque triple homicide case, with out stable leads. Chan, a half-Chinese, half-Irish Hong Kong local and leader inspector with the Royal Hong Kong police, thinks he’s came upon a step forward whilst 3 mutilated heads are discovered floating in chinese language waters. yet he grows more and more annoyed because the chinese language police actively hinder—and the English bureaucrats pointedly ignore—his research. As Chan tracks the killers, he discovers cover-ups and conspiracies operating deeper than even he had imagined. the entire whereas, within the heritage, the clock ticks all the way down to the day the British go away . . .
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