The Quartz is not a whodunnit. It tracks the action in Hong Kong and Beijing of both Chief Inspector Lawrence Kwong and the villain, Vice Premier Xiao Mingyu, the fourth most powerful man in the People’s Republic of China. Twists and turns along the way bring them face to face with each other. The McGuffin of the piece, the Qin Quartz, is a treasure from the tomb of Emperor Qin, the first Emperor of China.
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||596 KB|
About the Author
In his first novel, Stairway of the Gods, Warren took the legendary story of Japanese officer, General Tomoyuki Yamashitawho is rumored to have buried priceless spoils of war in the Philippines just before the end of World War IIand turned it into riveting fiction. Warren's tale of skullduggery unfolds on the slopes of the Banaue rice terraces when an earthquake reveals Yamashita's treasure, and Joan and Paul Webster are stuck on the mountain. When Joan is faced with trying to keep the discovery secret, they find themselves confronted with deceit, betrayal and murder.
Saffron, his second book, is a sci-fi adventure that reads like mainstream fiction. It deals with the discovery of a race of underwater humans off today's California coast. Saffron is the first in a new series of books Warren is calling The Neptune Chronicles.
His third novel,Hong Kong Blues, is a Hitchcock-style thriller about a newly-married couple being chased through the streets of Hong Kong by two competing Triads desperate to hear a dying man's last words. The early response to some of the characters encouraged him to create a spinoff series, The Inspector Kwong Mysteries. He has finished the first two novellas in the series, The Quartz and The River, and is working on number three, The Fog.
He is currently at work on Girl on a Dolphin,Book Two of The Neptune Chronicles. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Laurel. To learn more about his novels, please visit www.vicwarren.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite The Quartz by Vic Warren uncovers a fascinating world of high stakes crime and takes a look into political underworlds and the manipulation that crosses between the honest and dishonest in the People's Republic of China. Lawrence Kwong is a hardened professional of the streets of Kwun Tong, and has been dealing with mob violence, kidnappings, and the drug trade since before his new partner could walk. This time it's different, however, and all of his experience may not be enough to get him through the investigation on the most recent case. Vic Warren is bitingly intelligent in this latest novel, and features plots and characters that make you itch for the next book, or at least another book from Warren. The character descriptions were great, and once I got a handle on who was who, I really enjoyed the play and interactions that went on between everyone. Vic Warren is a skilled writer, and his simple prose and quick dialogue never let the plot drag or take focus off the characters. I found myself invested in the story after only a few chapters, and at the conclusion I was left wishing there was more. Luckily, Warren is quite prolific so there are many more books out there to explore.