It is 1983, the Year of the Pig. Ma Siu-Ling has spent her entire life growing up in the densely populated slum that is Kowloon Walled City. With its reputation for prostitution, gambling, drug use, and unlicensed dentistry, it’s a rough and tumble place.

But the more pressure she feels to integrate into the trademark lifestyle that is greater Hong Kong, the harder she clings to the slum. And when Kowloon Walled City is under threat of eviction, Siu-Ling decides to turn it into something respectable. There’s just one problem. The slum is home to one of the largest Wo Shing Wo Triad drug operations, and they won’t let her gain control of the city without a fight.

Genre: action/pulp, historical


KOWLOON is a NaNoWriMo novel by Ari Laurel for NaNoWrimo 2013. Cover art by Jeremy Thompson.