The Last Six Million Seconds by John Burdett

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An exciting new thriller, in the tradition of Gorky Park.

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 Siu-kai ("Charlie") is called to the harbor at the South China Sea and discovers three heads floating in the water. Confronted with a case of triple homicide, Chan has to find out why the coast guard and an outside agency are opposed to his investigation. Chan, a determined Eurasian policeman, goes in search of the killer and the truth behind the British government's involvement, while uncovering the shocking behind-the- scenes machinations of the Red Chinese.


About John Burdett

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John Burdett is the author of "A Personal History of Thirst, The Last Six Million Seconds, Bangkok 8, "and "Bangkok Tattoo,
Published January 1, 1997 by Morrow. 335 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction
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Six million seconds are, in Burdett's second novel (after A Personal History of Thirst, 1995), all the time left until Hong Kong is subsumed by the People's Republic of China. Burdett means his book t

Feb 02 1997 | Read Full Review of The Last Six Million Seconds

City Book Review

and now the former communist, but more gangster-like Chinese already buying up Hong Kong and ready to take it over officially.

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Portland Book Review

For fans of Thai detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, as well as new readers, this Hong Kong-based novel shows the beginnings of the author’s style.

Aug 27 2012 | Read Full Review of The Last Six Million Seconds

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