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The body of a young woman washes up in Hong Kong harbour. To Inspector Herman Lok of the Hong Kong Police Force it appears to be an acccidental death - a fisherwoman who drowned. But Lok soon discovers that the woman is linked not just to the triads, the city's infamous criminal societies, but also to an organization not usually associated with murder and conspiracy - the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra.
Meanwhile Hector Siefert, an American musician living in Hong Kong, learns that his colleague for Leo Stern has disappeared. Enlisting the help of a newspaper reporter with the unlikely name of Twinkie Choi, Hector digs deeper, and finds a secret that put his life in danger: behind the day -to-day life of the Symphony is something more evil than he could ever imagine. Did it kill Leo? And would it kill him next?
Neon Panic is the story of a murder investigation set within the clash of cultures that is Hong Kong - a relentlessly-paced thriller which reveals the darkness behind the glittering facade of this cosmopolitan yet mysterious city.
About the Author
CHARLES PHILIPP MARTIN grew up in Greenwich Village in New York City. After attending Columbia University and Manhattan School of Music, he took off to become a bass player in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Six years later he put down his bow and became a full-time writer. In addition to spending four years as a Sunday Magazine columnist for the South China Morning post, he wrote and presented several radio series on Radio Television Hong Kong. His jazz radio show, The Sound of Surprise, ran for twelve years on Hong Kong’s Radio 3. After seventeen years in Hong Kong he moved to Seattle, where he now lives with his wife and son.