Hangman's Point
by Dean Barrett (9780966189919)

Hangman's Point
 
Dean Barrett
Release Date: 01 October 1998
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 538
Category: Historical Fiction
ISBN: 9780966189919
ISBN-10: 0966189914



Set in Hong Kong in 1857, Hangman's Point takes place during one of the most exciting periods in the colony's often dramatic history. Its main character, Andrew Adams, is a ne'er-do-well American ex-seaman who manages a tavern called the Bee Hive in the racous Chinese section of the colony. He lives above a Chinese medicine shop with his American barmaid girlfriend. On the side, he is involved with various underground societies (Triads), clandestine gambling and the smuggling of weapons into China. Adams is framed for murder by a beautiful Englishwoman and, while on trial, will be forced to plan a prison escape. Many events in the novel are based on historical incidents such as the Chinese slave trade, an arsenic poisoning and the massacre of foreigners on board the postal steamer, Thistle. The novel also provides glimpses of "foreign devils" through the eyes of the Chinese.

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