Although JAN PEARSON draws material for her books from her memories of living in Hong Kong during the 1960s, she has lived in Australia for most of her adult life and these days enjoys rural living on the scenically beautiful Far North Coast of New South Wales in Australia.
With an initial background in earth sciences and a twenty-year career in various policy roles, Jan has now turned to writing, drawing from her imagination, memory and life experiences. Her three thrillers focus on her beloved Hong Kong. Each won a Publication Prize in the competition for the international Proverse Prize: Black Tortoise Winter in the 2014 competition, Red Bird Summer in the 2012 competition, and Tiger Autumn in the 2011 competition.
Most recently, Jan introduced Black Tortoise Winter at the "Proverse Publishing Parade" in November 2016. A video of her presentation has been uploaded to youtube. To view it, copy and paste the following to your browser window:
In October 1964, as Pearl Green approaches her twentieth birthday in a Hong Kong where the sixties are rocking, China is about to enter the global arms race by detonating the country’s first nuclear device.
The air is thick with intrigue and the anticipation of trouble, which breaks out when leading nuclear scientist Dr Lin Dei – ordered to return toBeijing after destroying his research results – murders his supervisor and flees, taking his valuable research papers with him.
Tiger Autumn shares many characters with Red Bird Summer. As in Red Bird Summer, the reader witnesses terrible events in Kowloon Walled City, and sees the Hei Ling Chau Island leper colony become both a haven from pursuit and a place to repent past crime.
In RED BIRD SUMMER, Pearl Green and Karen Henderson are two successful Hong Kong women, whose old friendship brings them back together after many years to set up an archaeological project for Pearl's philanthropic organisation, the Hong Kong-based June Bowen Foundation.
Karen, an archaeologist acclaimed for her work in Southeast Asia, is injured during a robbery at the Hong Kong Archaeological Museum. One of a number of stolen objects is associated with Pearl Green's past.
The Museum Director, Albert Ho, is professionally jealous of Karen and convinces himself that Karen stole the artefact for Pearl. He hires a shady new arrival to Hong Kong – BJ Cresswell – to get it back. The lives of Pearl and her friends come under threat.
Pearl seeks help from three men: her father, the powerful Sir James Gates; the mysterious Hong Kong businessman, Yip Yee Koon; and the British former China watcher, Peter Benson. Together, they masterfully untangle the many threads of murder and intrigue that run through this story.
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