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Second Sister - Chan Ho-Kei

Second Sister - Chan Ho-Kei

Limited edition signed by both the author and the translator

Title: Second Sister

Author:  Chan Ho-Kei

ISBN:  9781788547116

Weight:  990g

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Second Sister by Chan Ho-Kei

From the author of the acclaimed novel The Borrowed, a very timely and propulsively plotted tale of cyberbullying and revenge, about a woman on the hunt for the truth about her sister’s death.


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 is an orphan and the librarian older sister who’s been raising her refuses to believe there was no foul play – nothing seemed amiss.  She contacts a man known only as N – a hacker, and an expert in cybersecurity 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 increasingly forgotten about the real people on the other end, what the proper punishment is.

Peer & Press Reviews

A long and complex revenge thriller tapping into the zeitgeist when it comes to sexual harassment, online trolling, fake news and data privacy.  It confirms all my worst fears about the dank, wet floor of the internet and anti-social media.

Shots E-Zine

While the plot is clever, if contrived, Chan s exacting, gloomy portrait of Hong Kong lingers as a city that pits young against old, rich against poor, Chinese against expat, men against women.

South China Morning Post

Sharp-witted…  Intense…  Unveils a dangerous swirl of petty feuds, cybertheft, and the existence of a predator stalking Hong Kong.


Bibliographic Info

TitleSecond Sister
TranslatorJeremy Tiang
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background

These copies have a signature page, tipped-in before the half title page.  Printed on this page is the phrase ‘SIGNED AND LIMITED FIRST EDITION’, the author’s name, the title, and the publisher’s logo.

Issued direct by Head of Zeus, the total number of books in this unnumbered limited edition is unknown.

Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the tipped-in signature page by both the author and the translator
Book Stats
PublisherHead of Zeus
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781788547116
ISBN 10178854711X
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)235 x 154 x 45mm
Packed weight1.091kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Jacket imagesplainpicture and Shutterstock

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