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The Travelers' Tale
The Travelers' Tale

Four Irish Travelers from gypsy families journey to Western China to find the 3,000-year old mummified and bejeweled head of their Celtic ancestor, taking their bare-knuckle boxing and Celtic head-banger band with them. Led by a psychotic Japanese woman with Yakuza connections, their odyssey takes them to the Taklamakan Desert of remote China. The trail to find the head ultimately leads to Hong Kong, leaving a number of dead bodies along the way. When one of the Travelers is found dead of ‘unknown causes’ in an obscure museum, finding the killer becomes one of the most challenging cases for Hong Kong homicide detectives, Ian Hamilton, Angela Cheung, and Nigel Ho, as they match wits with the Russian mob, a Nigerian evangelist, the Yakuza, and a murderous boxer.

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David Harris Lang

I am not one of those writers (I am sure that they exist) who plot out a story and outline before they write. When I start a chapter, I really have only a general idea of where it might lead. I am as surprised as the reader when I finally find out what happens. This is part of the joy of writing for me. When I write I also feel a connection to ‘a muse’, or ‘other energy’ that writes through me, as if I am not the real writer, only the medium through which the story is written. This was particularly true when I wrote The Journal of Rabbi Levy Wang. The story, which took place in 1937 China, was based on the experiences of my father and grandfather who were fur traders in Tianjin from 1923 to 1937 (Harry and Henry Cohen in the book, Harry and Henry Lang in real life). I most definitely felt connected to the spirits of my dad and grandfather when I wrote the story.

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