The Chinese Proverb
Army veteran Hunter Grant thought he had left war behind in Afghanistan - a conflict that left him with physical and psychological scars. But finding an unconscious girl in the Northland bush and gradually untangling her story involves him in a war of a different kind in his own country. Hunter sets out to find and punish the man Dao calls Master, but he discovers there is more to this than enslavement. Before long he himself is being hunted by the boss of a drug empire whose sole objective is to kill Dao - she knows far too much. Protecting Dao and waging war while trying to keep the police from stifling his enterprise takes all Hunter's ingenuity and determination and exposes him to deadly jeopardy. He enlists his old army buddy Charlie and her helicopter to help, but things become complicated when Dao disappears.
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The strength of this pacy novel is not just the tense plot line where every moment there is palpable danger, but also the nuanced and growing relationship between Dao and Hunter. They are thrown together in the most extreme circumstances and develop a deep bond based on mutual respect. The Chinese Proverb is a top-notch thriller with a powerful emotional element. Karen McMillan, author of The Paris of the East and The Paris of the West.
Tina Clough grew up in Sweden and now lives in New Zealand; dividing her time between writing crime fiction and translating and editing scientific research papers. She also looks after an acre of fruit trees, vegetable gardens and roaming hens. Apart from reading her interests include photography, wine, growing organic vegetables, making jam and kayaking. Tina Clough has previously published The Girl who lived Twice (2013) as an e-book and Running towards Danger (2015) which is available both in print and as an e-book.