The second book in the gripping Ava Lee spin-off series features fan-favourite Uncle Chow Tung and his ascendancy to the head of the Triad gang in Fanling.
1980: A pivotal year in modern Chinese history as Premier Deng Xiaoping begins what he intends to be the transformation of China into an economic superpower. The most visible evidence of Deng’s policy is the creation of Special Economic Zones, and one has been set up in Shenzhen, next door to Hong Kong and on Fanling’s doorstep. Among Triad leaders, Uncle is the only one who recognizes that Deng’s intentions could have profound repercussions on their organizations. To protect his gang and their interests, he acts to not only minimize the danger, but to turn events to his advantage.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Set in Hong Kong, Foresight is an exciting read, part crime story and part political thriller. At the dawn of the 1980s, China’s revolutionary new economic plan forces underworld boss Uncle Chow—a fan favourite from Ian Hamilton’s long-running Ava Lee mystery series—to find new opportunities to make money. But at every turn, the city’s most ethical crime lord seems to get in trouble with Chinese authorities and the People’s Liberation Army. Hamilton, who was an Asia-based journalist for many years, brings a reporter’s eye to the intersections between politics and criminal activity. More importantly, he writes a cracking yarn that’s filled with tart dialogue and explosive action. Whether this is your first meeting with Uncle Chow or you’re a big-time Ava Lee fan, this pageturner is sure to hook you.
I’m always amazed at how much knowledge in China and HK triads Ian Hamilton has demonstrated as a Canadian. The story keeps you engaged and eager for the next chapter. However, the beginning and the last chapter are a bit repetitive to the first of the trilogy, even the words. Also, the meeting with Premier Deng doesn’t appear logical or realistic at all. It’s too quick, almost a rash, to make the story end with a happy ending.