The Last Six Million Seconds
In shops throughout Hong Kong, clocks are ticking down the seconds before control passes from the British to the Chinese on June 30, 1997. With The Last Six Million Seconds, John Burdett has written a riveting and timely thriller that takes place on the eve of the changeover.
Royal Hong Kong Chief of Police Chan S...more
I loved the atmosphere. Burdett's novels are full of sensory stimulation - he helps you to see, hear, smell, feel, and taste the worlds he creates, from the lobby of the wealthiest bank in Asia to the s ...more
It's so ironic! I was reading this while students in Hong Kong are protesting against their daddy, China's totalitarian rule. And this book took place in 1997, so long ago, but it was during the last 6 million seconds before HK officially returned to China from its former rulers, the British as per an agreement signed in 1897.
I am a longstanding fan of Burdett’s work, so let’s acknowledge my positive bias before I delve into the details. The immediate aspect that strikes me as a Western inhabitant in Burdett’s books is the reflection of Western culture as seen and occasionally adapted by the East. Personally, I have little love for Western culture, but it is always intriguing to see how others see/are affected by it in both positive and negative ways. Burdett, for what he lacks ...more
This book is advertised as being in print for the first time in 15 years – a significant time frame, for fifteen years ago Hong Kong was getting ready for the handover of rule of the country from England to China, a momentous occasion after one hundred years of British rule. This is a fascinating book, with writing that is by turn wonderful, delightful and enchanting. The protagonist, “Charlie” Chan Siu-kai, Chief Inspector, Homicide, Eurasian – half Irish, half Chinese, 36 years old, and divorc ...more
Unfortunately, his understanding of some of the technical details of his plot seem a bit weak. Our hero, Chief Inspector "Charlie" Chan, discove ...more
The other part of interest is the subtext that you cannot have control without corruption; whether that be the C ...more
I'm a bigger fan of Colin Cotterill who writes with more humor/love of life. But John Burdett has interesting things to say, even when he takes forever to say them.