A body floating in the South China Sea, a missing heroin stash, a doomed love affair, corruption in high places…David Baird’s latest novel has all the ingredients to make it a best-seller.
Whichever way you choose to read Typhoon Season, you’ll find yourself on a roller-coaster ride. Baird vividly captures the atmosphere of the so-called Pearl of the Orient thanks to his years working in Hong Kong as a journalist — both when it was a British colony and later when it returned to Chinese rule.
Triad gangsters, crooked policemen, sophisticated socialites with secrets to hide, a kung-fu film star with lethal fists are some of the characters you meet, all based on Baird’s own experiences.
In the fading days of empire sinister and murderous forces are at work in this territory living on borrowed time. Anything can happen in the Typhoon Season — as a meddling reporter finds out. He asks too many questions and ends up running for his life.
As a Chinese friend tells him: “This is a harlot city. All it’s interested in is those who pay cash. Those who can afford the dues get their way. Those who can’t get kicked into the gutter.
“Yesterday you were a valued client, a foreign devil with all the privileges. You could buy survival. But not any more. There’s no place for Lancelot here. He’s sealed into his suit of armour. What can he do for a harlot?”
“Typhoon Season is a tightly constructed thriller that moves along at a cracking pace,” reported the Sunday Morning Post (Hong Kong) reviewer.
The Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club features in the book and its magazine’s literary critic commented: “Fluent prose and pithy plot-making make a few points clearly, quickly and dramatically.”
A Times of London correspondent noted: “Thrilling novel…brilliantly evokes life in Hong Kong in the lead-up to the 1997 Handover to China.”
The ebook edition of Typhoon Season is published by Smashwords. Find it at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/205789
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This is David’s second work of fiction. His first, Don’t Miss The Fiesta!, is a chilling tale about a stranger who seeks the simple life in a Spanish village only to find himself embroiled in passionate intrigues.
In the words of one reviewer, it is “a vibrant account of the secret lives of so many real-life Spanish villages for long trapped between the hammer of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath, and the anvil of cruel medieval religious obligations”.