Item description for Yellowthread Street (Yellowthread Street Mysteries) by William Marshall...
The Hong Bay district of Hong Kong is seediness writ large, a spectacularly chaotic warren of cut-rate brothels and betting shops and other less wholesome enterprises. Keeping the peace -- sort of -- are the cops of the Yellowthread Street Station, under the jaundiced eye of Detective Chief Inspector Harry Feiffer. They're an intrepid (if foul-mouthed) bunch, but even their formidable skills are taxed by the Bay's latest series of little mishaps, which begins with a fellow near the fishmarket chopping up his wife with an axe. Meanwhile, notorious madam Hot Time Alice Ping and her leg-breaker, Osaka the Disemboweler, are plotting revenge on the Mongolian, a giggling, freelance extortionist whose glee at hacking off fingers and other non-essential bits is terrifying the neighborhood shopkeepers. It all adds up to a breathless night, culminating in a frenzied three-way battle against Hong Kong's neon backdrop. And then there's the tourist from New Jersey who seems to have misplaced his wife . . . The 1st Yellowthread Street mystery
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Apr 15, 2006
Publisher Felony & Mayhem
ISBN 1933397349 ISBN13 9781933397344
Availability 0 units.
More About William Marshall
William Marshall is Vice-Principal of the Church of Ireland Theological College and a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.
Reviews - What do customers think about Yellowthread Street (Yellowthread Street Mysteries)?
Welcome back to Yellowthread Street series Jun 13, 2008
William Marshall is one of the most amazing detective novelists in the business. His prose style is distinguished by being deliberately disjointed in a post-modern way, and his books have lots of strange violence and knowledge of weird local customs. Read all the books in this series and also in his Manilla Bay series. They are astonishing, vivid books, brief, not hard to read, but exhilarating. While Hong Kong as it then was has changed a bit, dating the books a little, I'm excited to have them back in print.
Hardboiled Dec 19, 2007
Do you like your police procedurals hard boiled? Do ya? Huh? Well if you do, they don't come much more hard boiled than this. As a matter of fact, the publishers will even remind you, as you start the book, how hard boiled it is. The publishers are hard boiled too. Set in mid-70's Hong Kong, you'll be reminded of "Enter the Dragon" and the scenes set at the "Bottoms Up Club" in the Bond flick "Man with the Golden Gun". A very light book, you'll finish it in one evening. Actually reads more like a hard boiled graphic novel. Light as easy, airport reading material.
3 1/2 stars. May 21, 2007
no great literature between the covers of this book; but that's okay: i wasn't looking for that here, anyway. just wanted some pure escapist mind-candy. and that's what i found. a quick, light read. a very fast read (you can reel it into your brain in a single evening, easily). lots of extreme violence here, too. all you sickos out there should enjoy that. i, of course, was appalled. anyway, there are a lot of william marshall books floating around in this world of ours, and the next time that i want a quick entertaining read that doesn't take itself too seriously, his work will certainly be considered.
The first Yellowthread Street murder mystery Dec 14, 2001
This was the first in the series of ficitonal murder mysteries set in Hong Bay, Hong Kong. Protected by Detective Chief Inspector Harry Fieffer, Detective Inspector Christopher O'Yee, and Detectives Phil Auden and Bill Spencer, Hong Bay seems to be an authentic, frenzied, violent part of Hong Kong. While the station deals with a 'lost' American tourist and his harridan wife, more serious crime intrudes, with a Mongolian who is demanding 'protection' from local merchants, and attacking those who resist. The denouement is typical Marshall, a combination of fast action, violence, and chaos, with chaos being the most prominent factor. In this book, Spencer is the 'new guy', and Marshall convincingly shows us how Spencer has a difficult time fitting in with the other detectives. But as experienced Yellowthread Street readers know, the detectives prevail---at a price. Marshall is the pre-eminent writer of humorous, suspenseful police procedurals writing these days, and I am continually impressed by his expertise. Long may the detectives of Hong Bay continue to fascinate us!