An American investigating his mentor's murder finds himself ensnared in a web of lies and treachery in China, where even tomorrow's weather is a state secret. From a nightmarish interrogation to assassination by cobra, A Death in China takes readers on a trip with no rest stops through a world of claustrophobic mistrust and terrifying danger.
©1984 Carl Hiaasen / Bill Montalbano (P)2012 Recorded Books. LLC
"Montalbano and Hiaasen have created a Middle Kingdom maelstrom of intrigues, deceits, lusts and canards." (Wall Street Journal)
"A terrific story.... Montalbano and Hiaasen have brought it off splendidly." (Time)
A tautly written, fast-paced thriller that captures the real China." (The New York Times)
This is a Hiaasen from the early 80's and is nothing like what the lovers of Hiassen have come to expect. It is further drug down by a poor choice in readers. He is not terrible but neither is he particularly good. The timing is just off. This makes it a so-so book with a so-so reader and a real disappointment for Hiassen fans.
Well it's not Hiaasen. Was pretty disappointed it's not his regular humorous tales. It's pretty depressing.
Depends on what they were looking for.
A fast paced romp thru the foibles of greed, politics, and family betrayal. Endless twists and curve balls as we tromp thru a China still reeling from the years of the cultural revolution. Where family reunion isn't what it seems. and a soldier seeks to live down his past. Murder, theft, and love found are intertwined into a story both moving, fast paced, and horrifying. Who wins and who loses who knows read on......
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