Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 24, 2012 - True Crime - 272 pages
422 Reviews
Winner of the both the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime and the CWA Non-Fiction Dagger

Chronicling an incredible unsolved murder, Midnight in Peking captures the aftermath of the brutal killing of a British schoolgirl in January 1937. The mutilated body of Pamela Werner was found at the base of the Fox Tower, which, according to local superstition, is home to the maliciously seductive fox spirits. As British detective Dennis and Chinese detective Han investigate, the mystery only deepens and, in a city on the verge of invasion, rumor and superstition run rampant. Based on seven years of research by historian and China expert Paul French, this true-crime thriller presents readers with a rare and unique portrait of the last days of colonial Peking.

  

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Well researched and a total page turner. - Goodreads
I found the writing clunky & very, very repetitive. - Goodreads
Fascinating insight into pre-war China. - Goodreads
This map is stylized, so it makes it difficult to read. - Goodreads
Great read, well researched. - Goodreads
No happy ending here. - Goodreads

Review: Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

Loved every page of this book. Well researched, fascinating story, and EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT narrative. Love the way he writes Read full review

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User Review  - Ethan Cramer-Flood - Goodreads

By complete coincidence I read Midnight in Peking -- a true-crime/mystery retelling set primarily in 1937 Beijing -- immediately after reading News From Tartary, which also chronicles 1930s China. The ... Read full review

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Contents

The Approaching Storm
The Body at the F ox Tower
An Old Qhina Hand
Into the Badlands
Under Peking Earth
The Element 01f Fire
The Hunters
The Wound That Wouldnt Heal
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Paul French lives in Shanghai, where he is a business advisor and analyst He frequently comments on China for the English-speaking press around the world. French studied history, economics, and Mandarin at university and has an M.Phil in economics from the University of Glasgow.

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