Yangsze Choo’s 2019 The Night Tiger is a historical fantasy set in 1930s Malaya.
Before Dr. MacFarlane died, he charged his faithful servant Ren with a vital task. Locate MacFarlane’s finger and bury it with the doctor within forty-nine days of the doctor’s death. If Ren fails, MacFarlane’s spirit will be cursed to wander the earth.
Although MacFarlane has a good idea where his finger might be, it’s an absurd responsibility with which to saddle a thirteen-year-old servant. Ren lied about his age. He is actually eleven.
Meanwhile, in nearby Ipoh, dance-hall girl Ji Lin has gained an extra finger.