William C. Gordon. The Chinese Jars (2011) 256 pp. [tpo]
In San Francisco in 1960, Samuel Hamilton, ad salesman and aspiring newspaper reporter, investigates the suspicious death of Reginald Rockwood III, who has been run over by a bus. Hamilton knows Rockwood, who is supposedly a millionaire, from the bar that they both frequent. The investigation takes Hamilton to Chinatown, where he encounters the mysterious and powerful Mr. Song, a Chinese Albino, whose herb store holds the key to Rockwood’s death. Editor’s note: Gordon’s first novel has taken an unusual path to publication. Originally written in English, it was translated into Spanish and published first in Spain under the title Duelo en Chinatown (Barcelona, 2006). This edition represents the first appearance of the English original.
Setting: San Francisco (Chinatown; 1960s)