In both Sea of Gold and particularly in Dark Ocean I wrote of Angus McKinnon’s backstory: his childhood trauma in Hong Kong.

Today is the 50th anniversary of that tragedy, described in grim and graphic detail here:

The 50th anniversary of the 1972 Hong Kong rainstorm disasters

We arrived in Hong Kong just six months after the disaster when it was still fresh in people’s minds, and in the press. I remember hearing from a White Russian work colleague how he and his wife had gone out onto their balcony after the rain had ceased and watched helplessly as the apartment block right next to them collapsed.