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Forge, Dec 2000, 250 pp.
ISBN: 0312871929

    US Olympian Beth Chang nee Connor married fellow Harvard graduate Michael Chang. They left the United States for Hong Kong where Michael is THE HEIR to a large business dynasty. Her in-laws treat her like a devil except the family patriarch Chang Wing Hing who respects Beth for her business acumen, and ability to adapt and learn a new culture.
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    With the transfer of power from England to China coming soon, everyone expects radical change. However, Beth never realizes how dangerously ambitious her beloved Michael is until the countdown to reunification begins. A disabled Chang Wing Hing turns to Beth to keep the family firm afloat. She steers past bloodthirsty family members who want her to fail even at the cost of the business and piranhas seeing a chance to gain wealth and power with the transfer of Hong Kong to China. She also struggles with the attractive efforts of friend Peter Lau to start an affair.

    THE HEIR is a powerful heir to the sensational CHINA BRIDE continuing Beth's story, which provides a look into Hong Kong and China during the final countdown. Although Beth is too perfect as she cleverly adapts to being a fish out of water in a sea of piranhas and sharks, her efforts add depth to a deep plot. The transfer of power is less than five years old, yet Henry Luk gives his book (and the prequel) a historical feel to it. Fans of historical fiction and readers who enjoy contemporary news tales will relish Beth's stories and want to read the next chapter in her life.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   criminal's rise in a crime organization Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for gems/treasure/money Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Search for technology?    -   method of mind control

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   diplomat Age:    -   20's-30's


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York) Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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