Fact fans (or, er, fiction fans) might not know that Suzie’s boyfriend, Robert Lomax, makes a cameo appearance in Tiger Hunters!
“When the action in Tiger Hunters led to a late-night drinking episode in Wanchai, it was an irresistible opportunity to reference a Hong Kong classic,” says author John Saeki. “The World of Suzie Wong by Richard Mason, more than any other thing I had read, evoked a vivid feeling for Hong Kong in the 1950s, with characters who felt real, who you know you could have met. My take on Bob Lomax was, I hope, gently comical. I wanted to bring him a step closer, to where even a serious ‘hero’ can get sloshed occasionally and get into a bit of a pickle.”
Read more about Saeki’s book here — besides Lomax, it features a cast of police officers, refugees, spies, pirates and triads, all in the offshore island setting of Tai O.