The new tattoos on his face ¿ they held him down in the nick and did them for him - make Stone look like a scary individual. People give him a wide berth. But he¿s trying to rebuild his life, he really is.
But the battered Asian girl ¿ she turns out to be Vietnamese ¿ he finds in the doorway of his basement flat drags him straight back to the old world. She¿s come to Hull ¿ Hull! ¿ from California, looking for her best friend, who has vanished after her letters suddenly stopped. She¿s beautiful, this Ginny, and Stone is, deep down, kind, so yes, he¿ll help. But soon, he¿s right back in among the vicious lowlife of this city of docks and the opportunities they provide. Before long the terrible truth begins to emerge¿
Highly acclaimed for his York-based Sam Turner series, John Baker strikes out on a different tack with The Chinese Girl ¿ different, but equally brilliant.
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