by William C. Gordon
A noir mystery set in San Francisco in the early 1960s, The Chinese Jars follows Samuel Hamilton, an ad salesman for the local newspaper, as he investigates the suspicious death of a casual acquaintance from the Camelot bar and supposed millionaire. The unraveling evidence leads him through a maze of traffickers in Chinese art and antiquities, shady businessmen and femme fatales to Mister Song’s Many Chinese Herbs store. Mr. Song is a very powerful man in his neighborhood, and his vessels are a safe place for Chinatown residents to deposit money and documents.
Amy Tan describes this novel as “a tantalizing evocation of the San Francisco of yesteryear. A page turner of murder and suspense carried by a cast of memorable characters including Chinatown itself.”
About the Author
A San Francisco trial lawyer with a successful 45-year career, William C. Gordon is the author of four noir mysteries that have appeared in 15 languages. He lives in Marin County, California with his wife, Isabel Allende.