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The Shanghai Union of Industrial Mystics

Crime & Mystery, Fiction
Publication Date
06 June 2007
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
Available for Sale
Birlinn Limited
Age Range
21st Century

The Shanghai Union of Industrial Mystics

by Nury Vittachi - Find out more about the author



eBook also available from the iBookstore

‘Endearingly wacky’ – The Times

’Witty and pacy...Vittachi is extremely funny’ - The Daily Telegraph

A jolly good yarn’ - The List

‘Highly entertaining’ – Time Out

’A quick, sharp and intelligent read’ - Scottish Review of Books

‘Move over, Sherlock’ – The Hong Kong Correspondent

’A very funny book. Dangerously so at times’ – That’s Beijing

’Intelligent and funny’ – Japan Times

’When a crime book makes you laugh out loud and often, it’s time to pass the good news on. Blow Chandler’ – The Age, Melbourne

‘An international bestseller whose unlikely sleuths appear to be heading for cult status’ – Herald Sun, Melbourne

Read an article about the Feng Shui Detective series by author Nury Vittachi.

Free your ch’i!
All hell is breaking loose in Shanghai. Amateur sleuth and feng shui master C.F. Wong and his over-enthusiastic assistant Joyce are setting up a new branch of the Union of Industrial Mystics when a group of vegan terrorists threatens to blow up the city and two visiting presidents.

The oriental, occidental and accidental collide as Wong and Joyce try to save the city, the presidents and an explosive white elephant.
A bestselling author throughout Asia, Vittachi’s fast and furious satire always entertains.

Nury Vittachi is one of Hong Kong’s most popular contemporary writers in English and has been hailed by CNN as ‘the beat reporter of the offbeat’. Vittachi and his parents fled the war in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Britain. He began his career with the South China Morning Post in the late 1980s and is well known for not pulling his punches in his journalistic writing – his gossip column was deemed too dangerous to publish after Hong Kong was handed over to China. The founder of the Hong Kong Literary Festival, he also helped in the set-up of the Man Asia Literary Prize. He now lives with his English wife and three adopted Chinese children in Hong Kong.

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