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Caroline Petit's second Leah Kolbe book is set in Hong Kong and Macau at the time of the Sino-Japanese war and, to be perfectly frank, it's a tremendous book - I'm nearly finished after picking it up yesterday - but more asap.

From the Blurb:

Leah Kolbe's father, a dealer in antiquities, left the business to her when he died.  Now the Japanese have occupied most of mainland China and threaten the British colony of Hong Kong where Leah lives.  When they unexpectedly invade, her fiance becomes a prisoner of war, interned under the harshest conditions with the rest of the colonialists.  She escapes to Macau, arriving there penniless after everything - including her shoes - has been stolen.

Opening Lines:

Tokai Ito seriously doubted he's seen anything in the grey fog.  The rain had cleared, but the mist still swirled.  His Italian leather shoes were soaked and his socks clammy around his ankles.  By his side was the Japanese captain boring him with army slogans straight out of the training manual.

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BOOK INFORMATION
ISBN
9781569475300
Year of Publication
Series
Book Number (in series)
2
BLURB

Leah Kolbe's father, a dealer in antiquities, left the business to her when he died.  Now the Japanese have occupied most of mainland China and threaten the British colony of Hong Kong where Leah lives.  When they unexpectedly invade, her fiance becomes a prisoner of war, interned under the harshest conditions with the rest of the colonialists.  She escapes to Macau, arriving there penniless after everything - including her shoes - has been stolen.

Leah finds a job at the British consulate and is accepted into local Portuguese society.  But when she is asked, she agrees to become a spy and to take a Japanese armaments manufacturer as a lover, putting her life in constant peril.

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