Formosa Straits


251 pages
ISBN 0-670-85910-9
DDC C813'.54




Reviewed by Lori McLeod

Lori McLeod is a librarian with the Toronto Public Library.


Nick Lamp, a young entrepreneur living in Taiwan, wishes to make a
business proposal to Cao Dai, an industrial kingpin and former
acquaintance of Nick’s father. When Nick arrives for the meeting, he
discovers Cao’s murdered body. Panic-stricken, Nick flees the scene of
the crime. Nevertheless, he soon finds himself being pursued by the
Taiwanese police and by Cao’s powerful family. A magazine that Nick
unwittingly removed from Cao’s apartment on the night of the murder
and a photograph of Cao and Nick’s father dating back to their days
together in Shanghai in the 1930s are keys to helping Nick solve Cao’s

Formosa Straits is a highly intelligent and complex suspense thriller
written by a master storyteller. Hyde weaves together an intricate plot
involving family secrets with the history and politics of China. Highly


Hyde, Anthony., “Formosa Straits,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 17, 2022,