Stanley Price has dreamt since childhood of exploring the world. But, when the army posts him to Hong Kong in the 1960s, this officer, scoundrel and rake falls for the glamour, the girls and the gung-ho attitude. Swept along and seduced by this free-wheeling city, he is sucked into a delightful vortex of beer, women and bribes. His dreams remain ever-present but out of reach. Until, that is, he falls for a young lady who could be his redemption - or his nemesis.
About the author:
Chris Maden stumbled into Hong Kong ten years to the day before its reversion to China, and fell in love with the city. He has spent his adult life in the town, contributes to the Hong Kong Free Press and Hong Kong Review of Books, and was chair of the local writers' circle as this, his first novel, went to print. When not writing, he mentors start-ups (which is a polite way of saying that he tries to stop them making the many mistakes he made), or hikes, sails or goes on long lunches. He is happily married to a woman he loves, and who puts up with his nonsense - of which there is never a shortage.