The Last Six Million Seconds (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

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It is April 1997, and all of Hong Kong is counting down to July 1, when Britain will hand over rule of the country to China. Public anxiety about the transfer of power is running high, but “Charlie” Chan Siu-kai’s biggest concern is a gruesome triple murder case, with no solid leads. Chan, a half-Chinese, half-Irish Hong Kong native and chief inspector with the Royal Hong Kong police, thinks he’s found a breakthrough when three mutilated heads are found floating in Chinese waters. But he grows increasingly frustrated as the Chinese police actively hinder—and the English bureaucrats pointedly ignore—his investigation. As Chan tracks the killers, he discovers cover-ups and conspiracies running deeper than even he had imagined. All the while, in the background, the clock ticks down to the day the British leave . . .

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In shops throughout Hong Kong, clocks are ticking down the seconds before control passes from the British back to the Chinese on June 30, 1997. In his explosive new thriller, John Burdett captures the excitement and unease felt throughout the world on the eve of the changeover. When Royal Hong Kong Police Chief Inspector Chan Siu-Kai ("Charlie") is called to the harbor at the South China Sea, he discovers three heads floating in the water. The rest of the remains are found at the bottom of a commercial meat grinder in an abandoned warehouse. Confronted with a case of triple homicide, Chan has to find out why the coast guard and an outside agency are opposed to his investigation. Chan, a determined policeman who is half Chinese, half Irish, goes in search of the killer and the truth behind the British government's attempts at a cover-up.

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John Burdett was brought up in North London and worked as a lawyer in Hong Kong. To date he has published seven novels, including the Bangkok series: Bangkok 8, Bangkok Tattoo, Bangkok Haunts, The Godfather of Kathmandu, and Vulture Peak.

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