Midnight in Peking
January, 1937: Peking is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, lavish cocktail bars and opium dens, warlords and corruption, rumours and superstition - and the clock is ticking down on all of it.
In the exclusive Legation Quarter, the foreigners are jumpy. Japanese troops are poised to attack, and word has it the Chinese government is about to cut a deal with Tokyo, leaving Peking to its fate. Fear reigns inside the ancient city walls, on one of which, not far from the nefarious Badlands, is a massive watchtower. Locals believe it to be haunted by fox spirits that prey upon innocent mortals.
Then one bitterly cold night, the body of an innocent mortal is dumped there. It belongs to the daughter of a former British consul, and when the details of her death become known, people find it hard to credit that any human could treat another in such a fashion. Even as the Japanese noose on the city tightens, this bizarre murder transfixes the people of Peking.
Seventy-five years after these events, Paul French finally gives the case the resolution it was denied, in a story that will make you hold your loves ones close . . .
Midnight in Peking haswon the 2013 CWA Dagger Award for Non-Fiction.
'An instant true crime classic which grips and hooks from the first page to the last.' David Peace, author of The Damned Utd
'Unputdownable . . . French's re-creation of the police investigation will have you enthralled.' Sydney Morning Herald
'A brilliantly evocative book.' The Sunday Age
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Review: Midnight In PekingUser Review - Betsy Lewis-moreno - Goodreads
This is an interesting look at an unsolved murder from 1937 in Peking. The city is about to be invaded by the Japanese, but the expats are living it up. The 19 year old daughter of a Chinese scholar ... Read full review
Review: Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old ChinaUser Review - Shay - Goodreads
Peking China in 1937 was in turmoil. Opium dens, prostitution, and superstitions were just the everyday concerns. The bigger reality was that the Japanese were gearing up to barge into the city and ... Read full review
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