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Franklin M. Davis, Jr. (1962). Secret: Hong Kong. New York: Pyramid Books.

Leland is involved in the illegal smuggling of a Chinese nuclear scientist (whom he has known in the past) out of China. He is double crossed along the way, predominantly by an amoral Chinese beauty who is the girlfriend of his working partner. By the end of the novel the scientist is fought over by a variety of interested parties however he finally escapes to his favoured destination, the U.S.A.

The novel is a run-of-the-mill thriller in both content and production. The one interesting aspect of the novel is Davisís rendition of Cantonese: Leland speaks Cantonese, although not well, and when Davis represents Cantonese speech he alters the syntax to represent what he clearly perceives to be the formalism of the language. (KB)
 
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