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Second Sister
Second Sister: a gripping crime thriller set in Hong Kong Chan Ho-Kei, translated by Jeremy Tiang

Gossip. Rumour. Revenge.

From the author of the acclaimed novel The Borrowed, a very timely and propulsively plotted tale of cyberbullying and revenge, about a woman on the hunt for the truth about her sister's death.

Chan Ho-Kei's The Borrowed was one of the most acclaimed international crime novels of recent years, a vivid and compelling tale of power, corruption, and the law spanning five decades of the history of Hong Kong. Now he delivers Second Sister, an up-to-the-minute tale of a Darwinian digital city where everyone from tech entrepreneurs to teenagers is struggling for the top.

When Siu-Man jumped from her window on the twenty-second floor, everyone assumed it was suicide. But Siu-Man's sister, Nga-Yee, a quiet and unassuming librarian, is determined to prove it was murder. The police aren't interested, so she contacts a man known only as N – an enigmatic hacker and an expert in manipulating human behaviour.

Their hunt for the truth will plunge them into the teeming metropolis of Hong Kong, following a trace which leads from Siu-Man's gossipy friends to the creepy gropers who prowl the subway, to the dark corners of the city's digital underground. It is only here, where online bullies and sexual predators hide behind avatars, that Nga-Yee can finally uncover the truth about her sister – and unleash her revenge.

Reviews for The Borrowed:

'Fascinating and action-filled' Wall Street Journal.

'An innovative novel with a complex structure' Crime Time.

'Unusual and fascinating' Irish Independent.

Head of Zeus * Crime Fiction
18 Feb 2020 * 512pp * £4.49 * 9781788547109
REVIEWS
'Sharp-witted ... Intense ... Unveils a dangerous swirl of petty feuds, cybertheft, and the existence of a predator stalking Hong Kong'
Booklist
'A long and complex revenge thriller tapping into the zeitgeist when it comes to sexual harassment, online trolling, fake news and data privacy. It confirms all my worst fears about the dank, wet floor of the internet and anti-social media'
Shots E-Zine
'While the plot is clever, if contrived, Chan's exacting, gloomy portrait of Hong Kong lingers as a city that pits young against old, right against poor, Chinese against expat, men against women'
South China Morning Post
'Playful schoolground jibes take a darker and more dangerous turn in this intricate work by Hong Kong writer Chan Ho-Kei, with Internet trolls hiding behind their online anonymity to cast venom ... Second Sister is an important, multidimensional and even educational read into the dangers of cyber bullying'
The Straits Times
Author
Chan Ho-Kei
Chan Ho-Kei
Chan Ho-Kei was raised in Hong Kong. He has won the Mystery Writers of Taiwan Award for his short stories, and In 2011 he won the Soji Shimada, the biggest mystery award in the Chinese world. He lives in Taiwan.
ALSO BY Chan Ho-Kei
The Borrowed
Translator

Jeremy Tiang

Jeremy Tiang
Jeremy Tiang's writing has appeared in the Guardian, Esquire and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. He has written four plays, and translated more than ten books from the Chinese. He lives in New York.
ALSO BY Jeremy Tiang
The Borrowed
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