1981 1st year edition; Delacorte Press publishers, New York; Book Club Edition; 2-Volume hardbound in red/black boards (volume 1) and mustard/black boards (volume 2); quite good condition with unmarked pages; dust jackets good with very minor ageing/edge wear - see pics.
From Dust Jacket -
"I swear by the Lord God that whomsoever produces the other half of any of the coins, I will grant him whatsoever he asks." Dirk Struan, June 10, 1841 That was a promise made by the first of the tai-pans of the Noble House, the oldest and most important trading house in Hong Kong, and it was to be honored by all the tai-pans to follow. Now it was up to Ian Dunross to fulfill the ancient pledge. The author of the world-famous King Rat, Tai-Pan and Shogun gives us a new novel filled with all the color, excitement and vivid detail for which he is noted. Hong Kong, 1963, is more than the setting: it is the essence of the novel. For here is the story of the British, who are in charge of the Colony and its industry, and of the Chinese, who know how to deal with their rulers to their own advantage. Into their midst come two Americans, expert in their own business and eager for a share of the Asian market but innocent of the unwritten rules of the colony. There is the smell of money in Hong Kong, and the fight for it exists on every level-from the gambling fever of the third-toilet maid to the rivalry of the leading tai-pans. For two of those rivals, Ian Dunross of Struan's- the Noble House- and Quillan Gornt of Rothwell-Gormt, it is a blood struggle that shows no signs of abating. The Noble House is in financial trouble and the fate of Hong Kong rests on what will happen to it. For Gormt it is the opportunity to destroy his rival. For Linc Bartlett and his beautiful chief executive, Casey Tcholok, it is a chance to pit one rival against another for their own purposes. The action covers scarcely more than a week, but there are days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing, mobs on the rampage, and natural catastrophes-fire, flood, landslide. Yet they are days filled as well with all the glamor of the Orient-its parties, horse races and romance.