Hong Kong Central by Marrilynn Larew
BLURB: Despite the fact that she quit the CIA, Lee Carruthers is in Hong Kong doing a little job for Sidney Worthington. He’s thinks something is wrong at Wong’s Antiques. Lee finds Henry Wong—just as he’s being kidnapped by the Chau Fong Triad. What does a Triad want with an antiquities dealer? That’s one of many questions, as Lee reunites with an old lover, is caught in the middle of burgeoning democracy demonstrations, and uncovers secrets that may once again upend her life.
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Hong Kong never sleeps. It was almost midnight, and the traffic was heavy, the neon signs flashing on and off, but Upper Lascar Row was quiet, the tables of tourist junk pulled inside the shops for the night. I walked softly in the shadows on the right side of the cobblestone street, looking for Wong Antiques among the red-lacquered shop fronts with signs in Chinese and English picked out in gold. The hairs on the back of my neck were prickling as if someone were watching me, and I jumped when a cat crossed the road. How could anybody be following me? I only got to Hong Kong three hours ago. In the dim light, I saw Wong Antiques halfway up the block on the left-hand side. The only light showing was in the back, a nightlight or an office. I had crossed the street to the shop and had rung the bell once when I heard footsteps coming up the street. I slipped back across the street and melted into the doorway of a shop. Someone turned the light on in the antique shop, and a thin man wearing a blue scholar’s robe walked to the door. Henry Wong? The footsteps I heard materialized as two large men in suits. They banged on the door, and the man backed up. They banged on the door again, and he opened it unwillingly. The men were Chinese, bulky in the way a fighter is bulky, probably showing tattoos under their white shirts.
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Have you ever wanted to explore the murkier side of a city? In "Hong Kong Central" I had the impression I was in Hong Kong, with its flashing neons, rain-shiny streets, and tiny, hidden shops. The East and West collide in Hong Kong - English, Chinese, and an ex-CIA agent, Lee Carruthers make up this fast-paced mystery. And a mystery it is! Lee, whose former job entailed tracing criminal money, is asked by her old CIA boss to check on a friend in Hong Kong. But Lee arrives just in time to see him being hustled away by two men. She tries to tail the group, but loses them. Then she discovers he's being held by a Triad. The case turns personal when she finds out that there is connection to her late father. More disappearances follow - and murder. The story has many twists and turns, and held this reader's attention. From what I understand, this is part of a series, and I'm looking forward to reading the next ones. If you like local atmosphere and murder mysteries, give this a try!