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Hong Kong Central by Marilynn Larew

September 6, 2018

 

4 Stars:

 

This is the third book in this fast-paced series. I’ve never been to Hong Kong, but Marilynn Larew was able to successfully paint the gritty picture of Hong Kong for me so that I felt like I was there. Lee Carruthers is the kind of badass and fearless character that you want to get on board with. This thriller has plenty of twists and turners to keep you on edge.

 

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.

 

EXCERPT:

 

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.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

MARILYNN LAREW is a historian who has published in such diverse fields as American colonial and architectural history, Vietnamese military history, and terrorism, and has taught courses in each of them in the University of Maryland System.

 

This is the third volume in the Lee Carruthers series. She has also published Aftermath, in which the protagonist, Anne Carter, is a 1980 Baltimore PI, working in the wake of the Vietnamese War.

 

She lives with her husband in a 200-year-old brick farmhouse on the Mason-Dixon Line in southern Pennsylvania. She belongs to Sisters in Crime, Guppies, and Chinese Military History Society.

 

Web site: https://www.marilynnlarew.com

Twitter: @marilynn_larew

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marilynn.larew

 

Buy links:

Amazon: http://a.co/37UQrOE

Barnes & Noble: https://tinyurl.com/yahbt9of

Kobo: https://tinyurl.com/y6vjt7e9

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1324388188

 

Marilynn Larew will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click Here!

 

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