Typhoon: China spies

An old-school espionage adventure, set in the recent past in Hong Kong, Typhoon explores that pivotal moment when one of the last outposts of England’s old empire faded from Britain’s history and into China’s future. Cumming has an unfussy writing style which at times borders on the basic. There are a couple of segments in…

The Borrowed: murder in Hong Kong

The recent history of Hong Kong is scrutinised in this series of interlocking stories, which revolve around an obsessive, analytical investigator. The Borrowed is an ambitious concept: a blend of social history, moral quandaries, political commentary and golden-age style murder-mysteries. Author Chan Ho-Kei has crafted six semi-independent novellas which form a single coherent narrative. Then,…