Midnight in Peking: The Murder That Haunted the Last Days of Old China (Paperback)Paul French (author)
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Midnight in Peking is a gripping true murder mystery by Paul French
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'A first-rate murder story, a thrilling narrative. Hurtles along from one cliffhanger to the next' Spectator
The teenage daughter of a British consul is brutally slaughtered. The police investigation is botched; as war looms British and Chinese authorities close ranks. A grieving father vows to uncover the truth - alone.
Seventy-five years later, historian Paul French uncovers a stash of forgotten documents revealing the killer's identity . . .
For those who loved The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil this is a riveting and evocative true crime classic.
'Gripping, spellbinding . . . drawing the reader from the very first pages into an unwholesome, macabre world' Guardian
'Part historical docudrama, part tragic opera . . . it is French's enormous achievement that he pieces together the puzzle. He tells this tale with the skill of an Agatha Christie' Financial Times
'Fascinating and irresistible. I couldn't put it down'
John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
'Vivid, pulsating, riveting. It is the storytelling flair that marks Midnight in Peking so highly: with its false leads and twists . . . it sucks the reader in like the best fiction' Scotsman
Born in London, Paul French has lived in China for more than 10 years. He is a widely published analyst and commentator on China; his books include a history of North Korea, a biography of Shanghai adman and adventurer Carl Crow, and a history of foreign correspondents in China.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 203 x 132 x 28 mm
Fascinating and irresistible. I couldn't put it down -- John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Written in the style of a gripping murder mystery, but all the facts are true -- Kirsty Lang * BBC Radio 4 (Book of the Week) *
Engrossing true crime whodunnit... A terrific read -- Andrew Holgate * Sunday Times *
Not only does Mr French succeed in solving the crime, he resurrects a period that was filled with glitter as well as evil * The Economist *
French has an easygoing prose style... well chosen quotes bring a new vigour and crispness... [He] succeeds in giving voice to a tragic quest for justice * Sunday Telegraph *
It is the storytelling flair that marks Midnight in Peking so highly above the run-of-the-mill true crime stories: with its false leads and twists, it sucks the reader in like the best fiction * The Scotsman *
The shocking true tale, combined with prose you can't drag yourself away from, makes Midnight in Peking a work of non fiction as compulsive as any bestselling crime novel. It also brings justice at last for a young woman whose murder nearly went unsolved * Sunday Express *
Terrific, engrossing ... a gruesome tale of a hitherto forgotten case, and of the sheer tenacity of a grieving father -- Caroline Sanderson * The Bookseller *
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