'Serial killers turn up all the time in crime fiction, but few are as patient or as devious as the murderer in Zhou Haohui's Death Notice. This extraordinary novel is the first in a trilogy, and it is already China's bestselling crime series to date' Sunday TimesTHE LAW IS WEAK
For nearly two decades an unsolved double homicide has haunted Sergeant Zheng Haoming of the Chengdu Police Department.I OFFER REAL JUSTICE
Now it looks as if the long-dormant killer has resurfaced, taunting law enforcement with 'death notices' proclaiming their next victim and the date of 'execution'. Perhaps modern police techniques - criminal profiling, online surveillance, SWAT teams - can catch a killer who previously evaded justice? Or perhaps this killer is more than a match for the Chengdu Police Department.ONE SENTENCE: DEATH
Death Notice is the first book in the Chinese crime series phenomenon: a high-octane, high-concept cat-and-mouse thriller that adds an exhilarating new gear to the police procedural. The second book in the series, Fate is out in December 2020.Reviews for Death Notice:
'Fiendishly inventive' Wall Street Journal
'Extraordinary' Sunday Times
'A perfect cat-and-mouse killer' Book Riot
'A compulsive and particularly ingenious read and a first-class mystery' Crime Time
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
A rare example of a Chinese police thriller in translation and if this is the normal quality of what is being produced there, we are in for much in the way of future treats and good reads... A compulsive and particularly ingenious read and a first class mystery... Gifting the reader with more insights into contemporary Chinese culture and background than any magazine, newspaper article or TV documentary could' * Crime Time *
Totally gripping and very chilling [and] the ending is pure poetry. This is a full-on thriller from start to finish, a police procedural that revels in pushing against the boundaries of the format... China will turn out to be a fantastic source of new crime writing in the coming few years. For now, the good news is this is the first in a trilogy so there are two more novels to look forward to' * Nudge Book *
Stuffed full of cryptic clues and red herrings; deception, deviation and dishonesty, which builds into a thoroughly satisfying self-contained story... [The plot is] sneakily seductive, taking an erratic turn into the unknown, just when you thought you'd figured it out' * Murder Mayhem & More *
'This first volume in a trilogy displays rare mental agility' * Sunday Times Books of the Year *
'If foreign and complex are qualities you seek in crime writing, you'll be delighted to have a crack at solving this one before the Chengdu Police Dept slap the bracelets on' * Strong Words *
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