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Louis Hoyt, Jane's wild Irish husband, has traveled the world over on lock and looks and personality. Now he is presumed dead in Red China. Jane alone cannot believe it.

So Jane comes to Hong Kong with a few thousand dollars and a great determination to help this man who, for the first time in his life, cannot help himself. From the hotels and embassies to the dives, she fo
Hardcover, 217 pages
Published 1954 by William Slone Associates, Inc.
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This is not the actioner I thought it would be. It's a very character-driven story that paints 1950's Hong Kong as a sort of Casablanca: a quasi-legal enclave in the shadow of a menacing world power, filled with desperate Caucasians hungry for what few opportunities the city still offers.

The start follows Jane Hoyt on her mission to rescue her husband from imprisonment by the mainland Chinese, but was disappointingly eager to hand off protagonist duties to the Strong-Jawed Conflicted Hero. The q
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