Scanner Grant

Created by Jonathan Kemp
Pseudonym of Hans Kemp

Sucked in by a “richly scented plea for help” (say what?), struggling Chicago private eye SCANNER GRANT agrees to travel to Hong Kong with his client, Max Zwoelstra, a drop-dead gorgeous cheese heiress, to look for Max’s adoptive father, in A Nose for Trouble (2015), the first in a proposed series of “Max and Scanner” books.

Meanwhile, back home, Scanner’s cabbie friend Lobsang is up to his neck in a rassh of kidnappings and a particularly gruesome murder. Naturally, the two cases, half a world away from each other, turn out to be connected, but first Nazi scientists, Vietnamese pimps, Australians punter, Japanese priests and long buried secrets are introduced into the mix.

Mind you, I’m still struggling with “drop-dead gorgeous cheese heiress.”

So far, there’s been no sign of a sequel, but we shall see.


Hans “Jonathan” Kemp is an award-winning photographer Hans Kemp, whose photography books documenting culture and life in both known and remote parts of Asia, have sold well over 100,000 copies worldwide. He frequently works with journalist and thriller writer Tom Vater, creator of Hamburg-based private eye  Gerhard Maier. Together, the two founded Crime Wave Press, a Hong Kong imprint that endeavors to publish the best in new crime novels from and about Asia.



Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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