Yes. The story is set in Peking just before WWII erupts. The foreign community lives in an enclave that seems to attract or breed decadent westerners who think they are entitled to do whatever they want. The British embassy officials are more interested in preserving face and prestige than in seeing the brutal murder of a young British woman solve. The local Chinese police are corrupt, and protect the drug dealers, pimps and other low lifes in the "Badlands." The murdered girl's father, an irascible former British diplomat, won't give up and investigates how and why his daughter died. Meanwhile the tension mounts as the Japanese close in.
The father. He's a maverick, speaks his mind, which gets him in trouble. When his daughter is murdered persists in trying to solve the mystery of who murdered his daughter, in the face of ridicule, and danger from the British embassy, the local corrupt police, and the underworld.
No, but he's very good.
When a young woman is murdered, her father risked it all to find her killers.
I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.
This was a murder mystery. A horrible murder mystery. The problem I had with the story is that I never really ever got invested in the life of Pamela, and I'm not sure if that was the author's fault or the reader. I should have been deeply moved by her horrible murder, but I just wasn't. That's very sad.