A thrilling tale of greed and intrigue in China’s boardrooms and backstreets on the eve of the Tienanmen Square Massacre.

The Jingwei Bird

by Rick Zalon

This semi-autobiographical novel is the story of a desperate small-time businessman whose travels through China on the eve of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre take him into a netherworld of corrupt local officials, Hong Kong’s criminal “Triads,” and renegade CIA operatives. Throughout, he is forced to confront his own inner demons from Vietnam, and the larger meaning of his Jewish heritage. The Jingwei Bird realistically portrays the political and economic tensions in China in the late 1980s at the dawn of its re-emergence as a world power.

ISBN 978-1938985-51-5 • 6 x 9 paperback • 302 pgs • $16.95


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 Trained as a journalist in the US Air Force during the Vietnam era (he served as a public affairs representative and TV network liaison during the last two Apollo missions), Zalon worked as a financial executive in Silicon Valley, wrote the original business plan for Office Depot, consulted for a number of joint-venture companies in China, and survived stage IV non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He currently maintains a small tax and consulting practice, coaches CPA exam candidates and teaches part-time at Dominican University of California’s more conventional School of Business and Leadership. He is also the author of Coyote Point Casino.

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