There was a corrupt police force, all kinds of gang activity, refugees fleeing from the mainland, and of course my own little spin on it, a serial killer that leaves Tarot cards at the scene of the crime.
The novel takes place over 5 days, from June 4 to 8, 1973. I’ve got nearly 45,000 words done now, as you can see from the NaNo progress calendar on the sidebar, and hope to get up to about 60,000.
My goal is to release this in the Kindle Serials Program, and as soon as I get my final cover and the first to ‘episodes’ polished up I’ll submit them and see what the response is.
Until then, here are a few of the novel’s elements:
This plays an integral part in my story, and one of the real life people I follow a bit is Peter Fitzroy Godber, who was an actual corrupt cop who fled Hong Kong in 1973. Each of the killings is also somehow related to police corruption.
Both clashes involved Leftists, or those favorable to the communist government in Beijing and who wanted to see similar policies in British Hong Kong. There are a few flashback sequences in the novel that deal with this.
Things like the kind of cars the people are driving (the police have a ’71 Oldsmobile Cutlass while a ’69 Triumph TR6 and ’70 Plymouth Barracuda also make appearances) as well as locations (there are probably 20 to 30 streets names, several landmarks, and all kinds of other goodies people from Hong Kong will know).
All of these things as well as numerous others really make a big difference in an ‘alright’ novel and a ‘really good’ novel. I’m not sure what people will think of mine, but I hope they like it and buy a shit-ton of copies!