Summary

Martha Macnamara knows that her daughter, Elizabeth, is in trouble; she just doesn't know what kind. Mysterious phone calls from San Francisco at odd hours of the night are the only contact she has had with Elizabeth for years. Now, Elizabeth has sent her a plane ticket and reserved a room for her at San Francisco's most luxurious hotel. Yet she has not tried to contact Martha since she arrived, leaving her lonely, confused, and a little bit worried. Into the story steps Mayland Long, a distinguished-looking and wealthy Chinese man who lives at the hotel and is drawn to Martha's good nature and ability to pinpoint the truth of a matter.
Mayland and Martha become close in a short period of time and he promises to help her find Elizabeth, making small inroads in the mystery before Martha herself disappears. Now Mayland is struck by the realization, too late, that he is in love with Martha, and now he fears for her life. Determined to find her, he sets his prodigious philosopher's mind to work on the problem, embarking on a potentially dangerous adventure.
©1983 R. A. MacAvoy (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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"A small masterpiece, setting a fantasy story against a contemporary background." (Booklist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ellenaeddy on 08-08-15

My favorite dragon book

This was an eighties book and I read and loved it at the time. It still holds up well, and I love that the romance is between people well past their middle ages. The computer bits are past dated but not central to the story. It's gentle lovely swashbuckler romance with a Chinese dragon. What's better than that?
It's aged a bit somehow which is why I took a star off. But it still was delightful.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Will on 22-11-14

Not recommended...

The writing is cheesy, but there is something charming about this story. The mystery involves old-timey computers; it's amusingly antique, but never much of a puzzle. The black dragon himself is a great invention, and his zen master/love interest (who has a surprising cousinship with Mrs Pollifax and other middle-aged ladies of American popular novels) has good bones. But the narrator is so bad that this is a hard listen. If nostalgic, maybe better to find the ebook or an old paperback copy and just read it for yourself.

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