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A great many Imperial Brits have had little to make them proud people. Protection and cover up in the past is just as horrible as it is today.
This is a story that had to be told. What I found so interesting was how much was discovered during the tumultuous '30's as Japan was invading China.
If not already done, this cries out to be made into a good mini series. A movie would have to delete too much detail.
China at the time was a home to Russians having escapied the Revolution, Germans the increasing horror of the Nazis, the fall of Emperors, the rise of greedy capitalists and the hopes of the Red Army and the Long March. All this and the old Triads. In amongst all of this one young woman is murdered. This is her story.
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really wanted to find out how it ends
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Description of old Peking and the Fox tower
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SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN CRIME FICTION
I can really recommend this book for anyone who enjoys crime investigations especially ones with a historical perspective. The story recounted here is incredible - all the more so given that it is a true one. The book also includes interesting descriptions of life in Peking at the time especially for the numerous foreigners who lived there for a whole host of different reasons, which was really fascinating.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This was on special offer so I thought I'd give it a go and I don't regret it for one minute. When the body of a young girl is found severely mutilated in Peking in 1937 a half-hearted investigation leads to the inquiry being shelved with the compliance of the British authorities. This murder could not have happened at a worse time - Peking is surrounded by Japanese troops threatening to invade at any moment; events in Europe are leading towards an inevitable conflict so the death of one little rich girl was hardly going to be the centre of attention from the various political actors. The author does a stunning job on recounting Chinese history from the period 1911 onwards without it being heavy or too detailed. His picture of the Badlands of Peking is striking and you feel you can see and smell it. Although the enquiry is soon over the quest of one man, the girl's father by adoption, is not going to stop there. He persists with dogged determination to uncover the truth and what a sordid truth it turns out to be. One wonders if the officials involved in wishing to class the affair were not perhaps indirectly involved. The prevailing arrogance of the Empire officials goes a long way to explaining why the Empire crumbled. The whole account is like a documentary and the narrator is brilliant. He reads in a sober and restrained manner which means it is the research which comes to the fore. I would love to read more books about this period of China's history thanks to this book. I cannot reccommend it highly enough.
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