Chan Ho-Kei


Chan Ho-kei 陳浩基 (1975) was born and raised in Hong Kong. He has worked as software engineer, script writer, game designer and editor of comic magazines. His writing career started in 2008 with the short story "The Murder Case of Jack and the Beanstalk," which was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of Taiwan Award. He won the award the next year with "The Locked Room of Bluebeard."

In 2011, Chan's first novel, THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD, won the Soji Shimada Mystery Award, the biggest mystery award in the Chinese-language world. The book has been published in Taiwan (Crown), China (New Star), Japan (Bungeishunsha), Thailand (Nanmee) and Italy (Metropoli d'Asia).

Represented on behalf of Grayhawk.


Books

The Borrowed

Tranlsated by Jeremy Tiang, who has translated seven books from Chinese, including novels by Zhang Yueran, Yeng Pway Ngon, and Su Wei-chen. He also writes plays and short stories. He lives in New York City.

"...as a 'social narrative' or the city, the story is fascinating" - Starred PW Review

"In the eternal search for something new in the crime genre, varieties from other countries other than the Nordic countries are undergoing forensic examination. One result of this serendipity? THE BORROWED by Chan Ho-Kei, translated by Jeremy Tiang. The success of the book suggests that Hong Kong may be fertile territory. The author was born and still lives there, and this is an innovative novel with a complex structure involving six interlocking murder cases (set over five decades) in the Hong Kong police force. It has to be admitted that Ho-Kei's novel takes quite some time to exert a grip, but those who've stuck with it will find that when it does, it does so comprehensively. The translation is an accomplished and idiomatic one." -CrimeTime

"Chan's strong suit is procedural plotting: the meat of the book is Detective Kwan's crime-solving, and the author displays a formidable mastery of wrangling complex exposition in scenarios involving such calumny as an escaped nemesis bent on revenge, a kidnapping, and a series of terrorist bombings . . . This novel will satisfy your procedural jones." -Kirkus Reviews