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The Borrowed - Chan Ho-Kei

The Borrowed - Chan Ho-Kei

This is № 134 of an exclusive edition of only 250 copies

Title: The Borrowed

Author:  Chan Ho-Kei

ISBN:  9781784971519

Weight:  990g

Numbered and double signed first edition, first printing




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The Borrowed by Chan Ho-Kei

Six interlocking stories.
One spellbinding novel.

The year is 2013, and Hong Kong’s greatest detective is dying.  For fifty years, Inspector Kwan quietly solved cases while the world changed around him.  Now his partner Detective Lok has come to his deathbed for help with one final case.

Where there is murder, there is humanity.  This bold and intricate crime novel spans five decades of love, honour, race, class, jealousy and revenge in one of the most intriguing nations in the world.

This is the story of a man who let justice shine in the space between black and white.  This is the story of Hong Kong.

Peer & Press Reviews

An excellent read for classic crime fans, with the bonus of an interestingly exotic background, both in police procedures and the politics of a city.

Promoting Crime Fiction

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

An innovative novel with a complex structure…  It has to be admitted that Ho-Kei’s novel takes quite some time to exert a grip, but those who’ve stuck with it will find that when it does, it does so comprehensively.  The translation is an accomplished and idiomatic one.


Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Borrowed
TranslatorJeremy Tiang
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background

This numbered edition of only 250 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a double signed authentication page, tipped-in directly after the front free endpaper, that confirms the book’s handwritten number and that it is a first edition.

This page also has the title, the author’s name, the translator’s name, and the name of the publisher printed on it.

Book number134 [of 250]
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the tipped-in signature / number authentication page by both the author and the translator
Book Stats
PublisherHead of Zeus
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781784971519
ISBN 101784971510
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)236 x 155 x 44mm
Packed weight1.021kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Jacket photographFan Ho (Woman With Umbrella, 1961)

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