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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Book Tour and Review - The Devil in Hong Kong

On a snowy day in the year 889, Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty had an epiphany: he was not immortal. His jade carver created the most beautiful jade burial suit in history, finishing just three weeks before the Han Emperor died. When the priceless two-thousand-year-old jade burial suit suddenly goes missing in modern Hong Kong, a brutal competition to find it ensues between rival Chinese, Burmese, and Japanese factions. As they battle for the priceless artifact, a psychotic killer with a Maori tattoo on his face surfaces leaving a trail of dismembered corpses strung together like traditional Burmese puppets. Detectives Ian Hamilton and Angela Cheung follow a trail of hacked bodies and terror through contemporary Hong Kong in their search for the killer.

David Harris Lang, a current resident of Hong Kong, has lived and worked in Asia much of his life. Besides being a prolific author of Asian-based thrillers, he is an international architect who brings an indelible sense of place’ to his writing as well as a deep understanding of Asian cultures, locales, and customs. His vivid fight scenes come from a life-long practice of the martial arts. A Devil in Hong Kong is David Lang’s third book.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book! Before reading it I had heard some things saying it was a bit graphic and cannibalistic and such, so I was super nervous. However, I did not find it to be nearly as bad as I had previously assumed. My imagination of what those terms meant, in regards to this book, was much worse than the book itself. Yes there is death, murder, and some blood, but I did not find it to be gory or graphic. The author did a great job of portraying the situations without going into horror or frightening details, just enough to put you on edge and wonder what is going to happen next, make you worry for the characters, give you a desire to catch the bad guys, and a great eagerness to keep reading. It was very engaging. It took me a moment to get into the flow of changing characters, but the author really did a great job of dividing scenes and following along with all our main characters so it was easy to cheer for each one or shrink away from the bad guys. The characters were well rounded, had very individual personalities, and the book was actually very well written. I know not everyone would be able to handle it, but if you love a great murder mystery, historical fiction, and/or a great combination of both, this book is absolutely for you!

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