By Chris Thrall
Chris Thrall left the Marines to discover fortune in Hong Kong, yet ended up homeless and hooked on crystal meth. He started operating for the 14K, a infamous Hong Kong crime syndicate, as a doorman within the Wan Chai nightclub district. facing psychosis, conspiracy and the 'Foreign Triad' -- a secretive expat clique that works with the chinese language gangs -- he needed to continue to exist within the world's such a lot unforgiving urban, hooked on the world's most deadly drug ...
"This year's top book." -- Time Out Hong Kong
"Thrall makes use of such verve, enthusiasm and flawless comedian timing that it truly is difficult to not be swept along." -- South China Morning Post
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