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Publisher's Summary

Three corpses: drugged, labeled, and brutally beheaded; a trail that Detective Li Yan has to follow. He and forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell have been trying to deny the attraction that nearly destroyed both their careers. But when a fourth victim is found, they have no choice but to work together to track down the truth and to hunt down a ruthless killer. The Fourth Sacrifice is the second in the acclaimed China series from Peter May, author of Runaway, Entry Island and the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy.
©2000 Peter May (P)2015 WF Howes
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"Peter May is an author I'd follow to the ends of the earth." (New York Times)
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By Hurtlejolt on 09-05-16

Liked it, but found it a little far fetched.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Fourth Sacrifice to be better than the print version?

As usual, impeccably read by Peter Forbes, which I feel must make the audio version of this book better than the print version.

What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

He just makes a perfect job, every time. Voices, pronunciation, all flawless.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Most of Peter May's book bring a tear to my eye from time to time.

Any additional comments?

Loved the story and the presentation, but found the clues a little heavy handed, by Peter May's standards, so much so that I thought there might even be a huge double bluff. I also found the conclusion a bit far fetched. You always have to be prepared to suspend disbelief with Peter May, but with the Fourth Sacrifice, I thought I had to do this more than usual.

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By Roderic on 10-09-15

Not good enough to continue

The central "twist" in this book was obvious from very early on, and the set-up was quite clumsy. After two books in the China series, the central characters show no promise of fleshing out to any enjoyable extent.

I very much enjoyed Peter May's Outer Hebrides series but this China series is seriously lacking in interest on most levels.

I am a sucker for a book series, but for the first time I will not be reading one to its conclusion. I am stopping the China series right here.

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By Christine M Walker on 06-06-17

Fantastic series

Great details with detailed autopsies, Chinese culture. Narrator is really good and I found it hard to stop listening.

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By Ross on 05-04-17

Enthralling Crime story

If you could sum up The Fourth Sacrifice in three words, what would they be?

Well Written Excellent

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fourth Sacrifice?

The author has the art of getting you involved in the characters and I found I started getting caught up in the emotion of the story line.

What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

His story telling is very good and of an extremely high performance and he is one of the reasons that I have enjoyed the first two books and because of both the author and story teller being so good I am about to purchase the next book in the series.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I use audio books for my walking exercises and invariably I start out on a 2 to 3 K walk but end up doing at least 4 to 5 due to the fact that I get caught up in the story and can’t stop.

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