Hong Kong on Air

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Blacksmith Books, Nov 16, 2010 - Fiction - 454 pages
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As the Hong Kong hand-over boom fizzles into the Asian economic bust, a young expat couple's marriage and careers tumble into a maze of television news, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. For newspaper reporter turned TV producer Laura Wellesley, the morning show at Franklin Global Networks Asia means going to bed before dark and swallowing the first rule of broadcast news: the anchor is always right, especially when it's American-born Chinese egomaniac Deng Jiang Mao. The station's fortunes and Laura's outlook improve with the arrival of Peter Franklin, the 28-year-old son of FGN's billionaire founder. But Franklin's eye falls on China-born graphics drone Pussy, Laura's control room nemesis, and a butterfly emerges from the web he spins. For Laura's husband Jeff Golden, the production line for his Golden Beauties lingerie runs through a cagey mother minding their stores on Long Island, cookie tins stuffed with cash smuggled over the border, and hot tubs in Hong Kong's Jewish Community Club and mainland brothels. Cut out of his own multi-million dollar deal, Jeff's consolation prize is Yogi, a Japanese banker with a yen for "Jew food" and men raised on it. During Hong Kong's pre-hand-over boom, FGN Asia becomes a hit, a star is born, and mistakes are easy to overlook. But the economic crisis ripens relationships for treachery, creates opportunities for revenge, and moves China centre stage, triggering a great leap forward for some, a long march to failure for others.
 

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An American expat couple -- Jeff the lingerie maven and Laura the print journalist-turned-TV news producer -- move to Hong Kong to seek their fortunes in the runup to the handover. This is a good ... Read full review

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Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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