Stanley Price’s ambition is to be an explorer. He joins the army and is posted to this vibrant, free-wheeling entrepot, a metropolis on the make. This officer, scoundrel and rake is seduced by the glamour, the sideways glances and the gung-ho spirit; the bribes, the beer and the brash integrity. His ambitions get swept to the side – until he meets a young lady: his nemesis or his redemption.
Spanning the glory years of Hong Kong, Price’s Price is a light-hearted and elegaic tale of a man who can do no right, and a city that won’t give him cause to.
'A love letter to Hong Kong, albeit an unusual one' - South China Morning Post (full review here).
‘A frank, funny and painfully sharp examination of expat mores and entrepreneurial excesses in late colonial Hong Kong. The narrator’s youthful plans for grand expeditions turn inward when he finds himself in Hong Kong, sending him down a rabbit hole of lust and deception from which there may be no escape.’ – Peter Humphreys, author of Hong Kong Rocks (Proverse)
"The exploits of an expat, expertly told. Authentic and revealing, an enjoyable romp (or series of romps!) through colonial Hong Kong. Maden tells it like it was... with barely a nod to modern sensitivities.' – Stephen Griffiths, author of Kowloon English Club (BlackSmith Books)
'Chris Maden stylishly evokes the clipped argot of the ex-serviceman bewildered by Chinese business practice, thieving partners, and dodgy investment brokers. He wastes no time in irrelevancies and gets us right into the heart of the matter, which largely concerns whether all really is fair in love, war, and business. And every word rings true!' - Lawrence Gray, Founder of Hong Kong Writers' Circle, Screenwriter, Director, Novelist, and now on-line game show host.
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Chris Maden, its author, has lived in Hong Kong since the mid-1980s, arriving at the end of the era in which this novel was set.