Jade Woman by Jonathan Gash (1989)

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Jade Woman
by Jonathan Gash

Publisher:  St. Martin's Press / A Joan Kahn Book
Copyright:  1989

Book Club Edition

Publisher's Weekly said: "What a joy is Lovejoy."

And he is, as the fortunate people who have come to know from his earlier adventures will agree.  But not everyone likes him all the time.  And, one unfortunate day the baliff's men came to Lovejoy's East Anglia house and foreclosed on everything.  They even took his coat.  And a painting!  However, Lovejoy got in touch with his wealthy admirer Janie (Lovejoy is rarely without admiring women at his beck and call) and arranged, without alerting Jane's husband, to tell her his situation.

So that, with Jane's help, Lovejoy got away safely to Hong Kong -- from which city he intended to join in Macao a man he'd met on the plane.  A man who might be useful.

Hong Kong was filled with noise, heat, pandemonium, six-year-old water carriers, lepers, porters, Chinese -- so much of everything that, exhausted after the plane ride, Lovejoy fell asleep, and woke up to find he'd been robbed of his passport, his travelers checks, his driver's license -- everything.

But, as he woke, he saw among the people in the crowd a woman, a glorious butterfly, an exaltation, so beautiful that he felt words are just all that jazz.  She was being applauded by the crowd.  And as Lovejoy watched, she got into a liner-sized chauffeur-driver Rolls.

Lovejoy was told she was Jade Woman.  In time, he came to know a good deal more about her.

And about Jimmy Chen, who enjoyed talking like a "Texan."  And Sim, who became Lovejoy's least favorite killer, and Dr. Chao (no doubt a front man for the dangerous Triad group).  And Lorna, and a lot of other married women whose husbands were in Hong Kong on business.  In fact, Lovejoy was kept very busy as a "hired man."  Lots of men were.

This novel is not only an amazing picture of an amazing city (the author lived and worked in Hong Kong), but it's Lovejoy ("one of the most likable rogues in mystery history." -- Chicago Sun-Times) at his likable and liveliest and wickedest.

Condition:  Used.  Hardcover.  Dust cover is lightly discolored and shows rubbed edges and scuffing.  Pages may be tanning from age.  Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper.


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