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Yellowthread Street (Yellowthread Street #1)

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The Hong Bay district of Hong Kong is a spectacularly seedy maze of cut-rate brothels, betting shops, and other less wholesome enterprises. Keeping the peace?sort of?are the cops of the Yellowthread Street Station. They're an intrepid bunch, but even their formidable skills are taxed by the Bay's latest series of mishaps, which begin with a fellow near the fishmarket chopp ...more
Paperback, 167 pages
Published April 15th 2006 by Felony & Mayhem (first published 1975)
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Jun 25, 2016 Faith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
I read several of the books in this series years ago when they were already out of print and I had to buy them in a used bookstore. I'm glad to see that a publisher is re-issuing
them now because I thought that the books were a unique combination of humor with a police procedural. I also liked the setting in the Yellowthread Street police station in a rough neighborhood of Hong Kong.

In this book, the first in the series, the large cast of English, American and Chinese police officers were simult
Linda Strong
Jun 25, 2016 Linda Strong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-2016
Taking place in Hong Kong, this police procedural introduces the reader to Chief Inspector Feiffer and his police department. The book basically covers one night in the day of the officers. To be honest, one I got into it, one of my very first thoughts was that this resembled in some respects the old Keystone Kops. But then there were times of extreme brilliance in how the police handled crime in their city.

There are gangsters with really different names like The Disemboweller ….. Shotgun Sen ….
Jun 14, 2016 Bandit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this on Netgalley, new edition (with great cover that isn't presently on GR) of an old book. Sounded like fun and fun it was. Set in Hong Kong, back when it was a British Colony, it features a cast of intrepid and otherwise cops protecting and serving and all that. So this is a funny police procedural if it had to be categorized by genre. It is indeed quite funny in a British humor sort of way, as a procedural it really didn't sing for me, possibly due to my indifference/dislike of gangste ...more
Kathryn McCary
Jul 31, 2010 Kathryn McCary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-fiction
The first of William Marshall's tautly-written and hilarious stories featuring the staff of the Yellowthread Street police station in Hong Kong includes most of what came to be the trademarks of the series--multiple plots unwinding simultaneously, freeze-frame and looping in the middle of action sequences, existentialist self-examination by the various characters, and considerable sardonic observation of cross-cultural interactions. This book was a lot of fun--and the start of a long-running and ...more
Jul 04, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Hong Kong when it was still part of the British Empire, we are introduced to Chief Inspector Feiffer and his rag tag team of a department as they try to solve crimes and arrest the perpetrators.

It's funny and gruesome and the names of some of the people are wonderful like The Disemboweller, Shotgun Shen and The Chopper to name but a few.

It's a fast and frenetic read, not much in the way of quiet time for this group and I want to see what other situations they get themselves into!!

I have T
Brian Grover
Jul 18, 2016 Brian Grover rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been on a bit of a "detective novels" kick lately, so I was inspired to go back and find the first of the Yellowthread Street novels, a series that my mother loved when I was a kid (and shared a handful with me). I had fond memories of these books, which center around a group of detectives in the 1970s in the fictional Hong Kong neighborhood of Hong Bay.

I remembered these as really fun books, but 25 years is a long time, and memory is a funny thing. Well, I'm happy to report that this book
Elaine Tomasso
Jul 05, 2016 Elaine Tomasso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Farrago for an advance copy of Yellowthread Street, the first in a series of police procedurals written in the 70s and 80s set in Hong Kong.

The action is based around one night shift in Yellowthread Street station where the team has to deal with a missing American, an American sailor holding up cinemas during his shore leave, locate a missing murderer and stop a Mongolian extortionist while trying to get on with their normal duties. Oh and the Chinese have swi
Maria Beltrami
Una notte qualunque a Yellowthread Street, nell'immaginario quartiere di Hong Bay, Hong Kong, tra poliziotti cinesi e di origine europea, venditori di cibo da strada assassini e privi di licenza (e vien da pensare che il secondo reato sia più grave del primo), signori della mafia cinese che rispettano pedissequamente i limiti di velocità, turisti che si ubriacano e finiscono in galera assieme a marinai americani dediti alla rapina a mano armata e un Mongolo, una montagna d'uomo il cui cervello, ...more
Elissa Strati
Jul 14, 2016 Elissa Strati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hong Kong. The name evokes a sense of mystery, conjuring images of spies, gangsters and nefarious evil-doing. Set in a fictional "barrio" in a very real city teeming with millions of people of diverse nationalities, this police procedural is a combination of Barney Miller and Serpico. The confusion of personalities starts to clarify as the night heats up and a slow shift turns deadly.

In 1975 Hong Kong was still a British protectorate, 22 years from a reunification with China that many thought wo
Leyla Johnson
Jun 18, 2016 Leyla Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a surprise, set in Hong Kong, it is a night in the day of a group of police. Set prior to the hand-back of HK to the Chinese, it portrays a very organised crime and protection. Having said that, this is a very funny book and following the stories, which culminates into a thrilling ending, is a joy. I was wondering where it was going when I started it, but I really, really enjoyed it. Big recommendation to try it.
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Nov 03, 2012 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“If you’re a tourist in bustling Hong Kong, don’t venture into the seedy dancehall district of Hong Bay. Detective Chief Inspector Harry Feiffer and the cops of Yellowthread Street Station can tell you why.”

Published in 1975 when Hong Kong was still British-owned and (evidently) British-policed, this first in the series introduces us to the station staff and a few of the area streets, and not much else. There is very little plot, rather just the meandering day by day occurrences and interactions
Rhonda Lomazow
Jul 07, 2016 Rhonda Lomazow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in a series that takes place in the seedy side of HongKong.A wildly entertaining story.Combines a police procedural with characters so zany you will laugh out loud.Looking forward to rest of series,
Mark Hammond
Mar 24, 2014 Mark Hammond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Comedy noir fiction about seedy side of Hong Kong. If you like tough-guy stories, this will entertain you with underworld characters like Osaka the Disemboweller or The Mongolian.
Aug 03, 2016 Burgoo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2016
Hilarious, violent and profane. A ton of fun to read!
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The action takes place in Hong Kong, in a seedy district called Hong Bay. There really is no plot or story--just a series of disconnected incidents, some serious, some absolutely hilarious. Even the serious ones have their comic aspects. Some laugh-out-loud scenes. Light reading but very entertaining.
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William Marshall (or William Leonard Marshall) (born 1944, Australia) is an Australian author, best known for his Hong Kong-based "Yellowthread Street" mystery novels, some of which were used as the basis for a British TV series.
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