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About the Author
Chan Ho-Kei was born and raised in Hong Kong. He has worked as software engineer, script writer, game designer and editor of comic magazines. His writing career started with the short story "The Murder Case of Jack and the Beanstalk," which was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of Taiwan Award. He won the award the next year with "The Locked Room of Bluebeard." Chan's first novel, The Man Who Sold the World, won the Soji Shimada Mystery Award, the biggest mystery award in the Chinese-language world, and was published in five languages. He is also the author of the award-winning novel, The Borrowed.

Praise for The Borrowed

"The Borrowed manages to combine the pleasures of many types of crime story. One story will remind you of Ed McBain, another of Agatha Christie, another of Raymond Chandler's evocations of the city. It is indeed rare for a novel demonstrating so much artistic skill, operating on many social and psychological levels, and with so much mastery of what might be called classical tropes to be so consistently entertaining."--World Literature Today

"This is an ambitious narrative brilliantly executed. It hands us the living history of Hong Kong through the gripping prism of crime and politics--told backwards. What an achievement!"--John Burdett, author of Bangkok 8

"Five decades of Hong Kong policing stand behind the wise Inspector Kwan as he helps his protégé, Detective Lok, confound murderers and reveal much about life in their unique homeland."--Sunday Times (Crime Club) (UK)

"This naturally reminded me of Soji Shimada, and the strength of his detective Takeshi Yoshiki's passion and determination to unravel clues. I also thought of . . . the American novelist Ed McBain, whose 87th Precinct series examines the intersections between police work and the individual lives of those in the force. The strong sense of social responsibility in the books by the Swedish Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö came to mind too."--OKAPI

"With the police force and social conflicts as its background, covering 50 years of politics, history and economics, intertwined with clever detective fiction, [The Borrowed] fits peculiarly with the current social situation in Hong Kong, and will surely stir up readers' emotions."--Macau Closer

"This unusual collection of linked stories spans more than four decades, each of them set at a significant date in Hong Kong's history . . . [starring] Inspector Kwan as an old-fashioned, omniscient . . . detective."--Sunday Times (UK)

"[Chan's] latest award-winning book is about the evolution of the police force and graft-busting in the city . . . [It] spans 50 years and is a tale about a prominent local policeman that takes in watershed events in Hong Kong . . . It is likely to strike a chord."--South China Morning Post

"In the eternal search for something new in the crime genre, varieties from other countries other than the Nordic countries are undergoing forensic examination. . . The success of [The Borrowed] suggests that Hong Kong may be fertile territory . . . An innovative novel with a complex structure"--Barry Forshaw, CrimeTime (online)

"Chan Ho-kei's The Borrowed is full of surprises . . . A brilliant detective novel."--Taiwanese novelist and crime editor extraordinaire Wolf Hsu