Children's Fiction




Dent-Young, John. (1989). You Never Know. Hong Kong: Sing Tao.

Siu-kit works at The Small World Trading Company.   One day, his boss Mr. Wong sends him to Mr. Lo’s leather goods company in Tai Po to bring back a sample handbag.  When he arrives at the company in Tai Po, no one is there except Brenda, the receptionist.  Brenda gives Siu-kit a handbag that is sitting on Miss Lam’s table.  Siu-kit brings the handbag to their client, Mr Jones, at the Mandarin Hotel.  Miss Lam is furious when she finds out that the handbag on her table is gone.  Siu-kit gets the handbag back from Mr Jones and leaves it with his friend, Sam, a jeweller in  the Landmark shopping centre.  Siu-kit receives a call from Miss Lam, asking  him to return the handbag, and he promises to bring it back to her the following day. Meanwhile, another man stalks Siu-kit and asks him to ignore Miss Lam’s request and give the handbag to him on Sunday instead.  Intrigued, Siu-kit and Sam examine the handbag at the Fringe Club and find some diamonds hidden in its false  bottom. 

Siu-kit also finds out that Mr Jones is a representative of Pierre Cardin of Paris, and that his company has brought a charge against The Small World Trading Company for patent infringement.   Meanwhile, Brenda has been hiding in a temple for three days after she finds out that Miss Lam, Mak (the factory’s watchman), Snake-eyes and another man are  planning to capture her, thinking she may know something about the diamonds.  Siu-kit finds Brenda at the temple but they are caught by Mak and Snake-eyes.  Siu-kit makes a call to Sam, referring to the diamonds as “cakes”—a code he had planned with Sam earlier, and arranges for Mak to pick up the diamonds.  Brenda pretends to cooperate with Snake-eyes, a former classmate, by agreeing to go to Canada with him.  Miss Lam suddenly appears with a gun and threatens Snake-eyes that he must  accompany her to Canada  She then asks Brenda to leave with Siu-kit. In the end, Mak ends up being caught by the police. (FC)

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