Second Sister - A Novel
Publisher: Black Cat
From award-winning Hong Kong writer Chan Ho-kei, Second Sister tells the story two sisters Nga-Yee and Siu-Man. When Siu-Man’s body is found lying on the ground outside their building, Nga-Yee begins a gripping investigation into her sister’s life and the reasons she might have jumped.Extremely timely, online bullying, “fake news” spread through digital media and a Hong Kong awash in foreign venture capital all play a role in what appears a simple domestic drama. Second Sister takes full advantage of Ho-Kei’s background as a computer engineer—he gets the culture of tech companies and online interaction, and explains complex concepts (the main character is a Luddite librarian) with elegant simplicity.Nga-Yee makes common cause with an irascible, unlicensed private investigator—really, a hacker who specializes in revenge and refuses cases he finds too easy.His previous novel The Borrowed was the story of Hong Kong’s past—taking readers from the Leftist Riot in 1967 up to the twenty-first century. Second Sister is about Hong Kong’s present, not just in terms of a highly-connected city in which many people live their whole lives on the internet, but also a vibrant, buzzing city full of inequality and contradictions.The Borrowed received rave reviews from World Literature Today, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and others.Film rights to The Borrowed were sold to Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai (The Grandmaster, In the Mood for Love) in a major deal.Chan Ho-kei has won the Mystery Writers of Taiwan Award for his short story “The Locked room of Bluebeard” and the Soji Shimada Mystery Award for his novel The Man Who Sold the World.