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Second Sister, Hardback Book

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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.

A schoolgirl - Siu-Man - has committed suicide, leaping from her twenty-second floor window to the pavement below.

Siu-Man is an orphan and the librarian older sister who's been raising her refuses to believe there was no foul play - nothing seemed amiss.

She contacts a man known only as N. - a hacker, and an expert in cybersecurity and manipulating human behavior.

But can Nga-Yee interest him sufficiently to take her case, and can she afford it if he says yes?

What follows is a cat and mouse game through the city of Hong Kong and its digital underground, especially an online gossip platform, where someone has been slandering Siu-Man.

The novel is also populated by a man harassing girls on mass transit; high school kids, with their competing agendas and social dramas; a Hong Kong digital company courting an American venture capitalist; and the Triads, market women and noodle shop proprietors who frequent N.'s neighborhood of Sai Wan.

In the end it all comes together to tell us who caused Siu-Man's death and why, and to ask, in a world where online and offline dialogue has increasingly forgotten about the real people on the other end, what the proper punishment is. **************************************** 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.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781788547116

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