Set in Malaysia in the 1930’s, The Night Tiger presents a number of diverse characters, but the central focus is on Ji Lin, a young woman who secretly becomes a dance hall girl to pay off her mother’s gambling debts, and Ren, an eleven year old houseboy who has forty nine days to fulfill his dead master’s final wish. Ren is a twin whose brother died when they were eight years old, and Ji Lin has a step brother who was born on the same day and year as she was. As Ren gets close to the forty ninth day, there are several mysterious deaths that will effect Ren, Ji Lin and other individuals in the novel.
The Night Tiger is an interesting, sometime exciting novel. It will probably not appeal to everyone because much is written about Ren and Ji Lin’s realistic dreams as well as descriptions of Malaysian superstitions and symbols.