D. L. Kung worked for over twenty years in China as a reporter, covering everything from narcotic control in Hong Kong to political infighting in Beijing's inner Communist Party circles. Over the course of a career leading from Hong Kong to Beijing to Tibet to Sichuan and the Greater China coastline, Kung kept notes that now inform The Handover Mysteries with a vivid sense of place and pace.
Who's the traitor—nervous Dr. Chamba, dashing Dr. Norsang, beautiful nurse DaDon or the weary Swiss-Tibetan Kelsang? Xavier Vonalp takes journalist Claire Raymond to his medical project in Tibet on a quest to nail the informer betraying Tibetan patients fleeing to Nepal. Identifying who is the deadly turncoat is hard enough, but her ex-lover Jim also begs a sensitive favor behind Xavier's back.
Sidelined at home on maternity leave, Business World reporter Claire Raymond investigates why a neighbor's son is found dead in Hong Kong's tony Midlevel district only six months before the official handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China. A neurotic anxiety pervades the colonial middle-class and mixes with a rising religious hysteria among Filipina babysitters and threatens her own baby.
Claire Raymond's rookie Business World colleague disappears without trace across the Hong Kong-China border into one of the mainland's new "special economic zones." Claire's search to rescue him leads her through the free-for-all landscape of Guangdong's coastal export boom into the murky use of Communist prison labor camps to feed its illegal organ transplant trade.