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

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 2012 - History - 260 pages
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In the last days of old Peking, where anything goes, can a murderer escape justice?

Peking in 1937 is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, opulence and opium dens, rumors and superstition. The Japanese are encircling the city, and the discovery of Pamela Werner's body sends a shiver through already nervous Peking. Is it the work of a madman? One of the ruthless Japanese soldiers now surrounding the city? Or perhaps the dreaded fox spirits? With the suspect list growing and clues sparse, two detectives—one British and one Chinese—race against the clock to solve the crime before the Japanese invade and Peking as they know it is gone forever. Can they find the killer in time, before the Japanese invade?

Historian and China expert Paul French at last uncovers the truth behind this notorious murder, and offers a rare glimpse 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

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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  - Laura - Goodreads

I read this book while in Beijing and loved the insight it gave me into the last throws of pre-Communist Beijing. Beautifully written and an incredible story. Read full review

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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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