In Marele Day’s second crime novel The Case of the Chinese Boxes (1990), the year 1988 starts with a bang in Sydney’s Chinatown and it isn’t just the fireworks. While the rest of the country is celebrating, the biggest bank job in Australia’s history is taking place. “The Great Chinese Take-Away” the press tags it, and in those missing safety deposit boxes were items infinitely more valuable than money. A gold key with a dragon on it: why does the Chen family want it back so bad? Claudia Valentine embarks on a hunt for the elaborate golden dragon key, through a circuit of ancient treasures, modern Triad killings, disturbing kidnappings, sleazy back alleys, pubs, and exotic temples.