Second Sister by Chan Ho-Kei audiobook

Second Sister

By Chan Ho-Kei
Translated by Jeremy Tiang
Read by Nancy Wu

Blackstone Publishing 9780802129475
17.90 Hours Unabridged
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Chan Ho-Kei’s The Borrowed was one of the most acclaimed international crime novels of recent years, a vivid and compelling tale of power, corruption, and the law, spanning five decades of the history of Hong Kong. Now he delivers Second Sister, an up-to-the-minute tale of a Darwinian digital city where everyone from tech entrepreneurs to teenagers is struggling for the top. A schoolgirl—Siu-Man—has committed suicide, leaping from her twenty-second floor window to the pavement below. Siu-Man was an orphan, and Nga-Yee, the librarian older sister who’d been raising her, refuses to believe there was no foul play—although nothing seemed amiss. She contacts a man known only as N—a hacker and an expert in cyber-security and manipulating human behavior. But can Nga-Yee interest him sufficiently to take her case, and can she afford it if he says yes? What follows is a cat-and-mouse game through the city of Hong Kong and its digital underground, especially an online gossip platform, where someone has been slandering Siu-Man. The novel is also populated by a man harassing girls on mass transit; high school kids, with their competing agendas and social dramas; a Hong Kong digital company courting an American venture capitalist; and the Triads, market women and noodle shop proprietors who frequent N’s neighborhood of Sai Wan. In the end, it all comes together to tell us who caused Siu-Man’s death and why, and to ask—in a world where online and offline dialogue has forgotten about the real people on the other end—what is the proper punishment?

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Summary

Summary

Chan Ho-Kei’s The Borrowed was one of the most acclaimed international crime novels of recent years, a vivid and compelling tale of power, corruption, and the law, spanning five decades of the history of Hong Kong. Now he delivers Second Sister, an up-to-the-minute tale of a Darwinian digital city where everyone from tech entrepreneurs to teenagers is struggling for the top.

A schoolgirl—Siu-Man—has committed suicide, leaping from her twenty-second floor window to the pavement below. Siu-Man was an orphan, and Nga-Yee, the librarian older sister who’d been raising her, refuses to believe there was no foul play—although nothing seemed amiss. She contacts a man known only as N—a hacker and an expert in cyber-security and manipulating human behavior. But can Nga-Yee interest him sufficiently to take her case, and can she afford it if he says yes?

What follows is a cat-and-mouse game through the city of Hong Kong and its digital underground, especially an online gossip platform, where someone has been slandering Siu-Man.

The novel is also populated by a man harassing girls on mass transit; high school kids, with their competing agendas and social dramas; a Hong Kong digital company courting an American venture capitalist; and the Triads, market women and noodle shop proprietors who frequent N’s neighborhood of Sai Wan.

In the end, it all comes together to tell us who caused Siu-Man’s death and why, and to ask—in a world where online and offline dialogue has forgotten about the real people on the other end—what is the proper punishment?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Reads more like a mainstream mystery than a noir until we meet N, the enigmatic hacker Nga-Yee hires…Their investigation takes us from creepy commuter-train-gropers to the dark reaches of the internet, where evil festers in many forms…Chan has designed an elaborate plot, but as the reversals and red herrings proliferate, the deepest mystery remains N himself.” New York Times
“His knowledge of the latest technology shines through in his new high-tech thriller.” Asian Review of Books
“A very timely and propulsively plotted tale of cyberbullying and revenge.” Criminal Element
“In this clever, twisty novel…Chan populates the plot with realistic characterizations. Fans of hacker thrillers such as Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander books will be amply rewarded.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Sharp-witted…intense…unveils a dangerous swirl of petty feuds, cybertheft, and the existence of a predator stalking Hong Kong.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Chan Ho-Kei

Author Bio: Chan Ho-Kei

Chan Ho-Kei was born and raised in Hong Kong. He has worked as a software engineer, a scriptwriter, a game designer, and an editor of comic magazines. His writing career started with the short story “The Murder Case of Jack and the Beanstalk,” which was short-listed for the Mystery Writers of Taiwan Award. He won the award the next year with “The Locked Room of Bluebeard.” His first novel, The Man Who Sold the World, won the Soji Shimada Mystery Award, the biggest mystery award in the Chinese-speaking world, and was published in five languages.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers
Runtime: 17.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English