"[Clavell] holds attention with a relentless grip. 'Tai-Pan' frequently is crude. It is grossly exaggerated much of the time. But seldom does a novel appear so stuffed with imaginative invention, so packed with melodramatic action, so gaudy and flamboyant with blood and sin, treachery and conspiracy, sex and murder."Clavell, James is the author of 'Tai-Pan', published 1993 under ISBN 9780440184621 and ISBN 0440184622.