Woman of a Hundred Names by Jose Sevilla Ho (English review)

Woman of a Hundred Names

"Woman of a Hundred names" is the second mystery / thriller novel, written by Jose Sevilla Ho.

At the beginning, Rosie Tang, widow of Arthur Tang, founder and CEO of Tang Worldwide holdings, a multi-million enterprise, is at her exclusive penthouse "Fragnant Harbour" in Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, a place, where only the privileged can live. But Rosie was not always rich - she went from rags to riches when she met Arthur.

An empire, built through the funds Arthur got from the mainland, and his supporters acquired by his wife's connections. The family of Linda Bo was always in the midst of activities of government and economy. Her grandfather took part in Mao's Long March and belonged to the Communist Liberation. And even though the tide turned with the Cultural Revolution, Bo's family made it through. Linda married a prosecutor, named Lu Qin. However the marriage only lasted up to the birth of her first child in 1980. Linda worked as a secretary in Hong Kong and met Arthur Tang. From there on Linda was employed as an investment analyst in Hong Kong and in the Shanghai Bank.

Without regard to Linda Bo's difficult financial situation first, she influenced that Arthur's company had real success. Still, she would never experience the breathtaking leap the stock company of her husband would make nor live long enough to really get to know how her daughter Julie would grow to a smart young woman.

However, after the daughter of Arthur Tang, Julie vanishes, the share prices are falling rapidly. And even though almost all of Arthur's old partners try to deny the relation between the huge scandal in the mainland in China caused by Li Kun Mog, the Deputy Party Secretary of Anhui Province who was arrested for corruption, and Arthur, the situation remains tense.

Stanley Wang, one of the oldest seniors and addict of mah jongg, Andrew Chang, a shark searching for prey, Brad Walden, an American and many others, including Rosie and her son, Jason, who want to keep their standard of living, are desperately searching for Arhur's only legitimate heir.
At the same time, the party leadership in Bejing wants to make an example and it is irrelevant for them if Arthur or his daughter, Julie, needs to make amends for it.

What caused the sudden disappearance of Julie and the heart attack of Arthur Tang, a man who was never ill?
What had Arthur to do with the scandal and why did he travel to Geneva?And last but not least what has Melanie Jane Brooks who is currently situated in Berkeley has to with it all?

No matter what, a heiress must be found soon. Nevertheless the proverb will keep its promise: "those who mounted a tiger could never dismount". (Position 105)

All and all, a convincing, brilliant written novel with much suspension and mysteries. A real page-turner!

Kind regards,
Butterfly Mentions

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