His victims are young, beautiful, and viciously mutilated. He calls himself the Beijing Ripper. The media and terror-stricken public are demanding the killer's arrest, and Li Yan, the head of Beijing’s serious crime squad, has been put in the spotlight. American pathologist Margaret Campbell is asked to perform an autopsy on one of the victims, and her results send shockwaves through the investigation. Then Li begins receiving personal letters from the killer, and his life and career start falling apart. The need to uncover the Ripper’s identity becomes paramount if he is to save himself and his family.
Peter May’s terrifying sixth China thriller pits Li Yan and Margaret Campbell against an unscrupulous foe who could prove to be their deadliest enemy yet.
Peter May is a Scottish television screenwriter, novelist, and crime writer. At age 21, he was named Scottish Young Journalist of the Year. He was a prolific television scriptwriter in the UK for nearly 20 years and has won several literary awards for his novels. He now lives in France with his wife.
©2004 Peter May (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Employing a tightly woven plot and detailing interpersonal relationships that reveal more of his protagonists’ background, May, the only Western member of the Chinese Crime Writers’ Association, has outdone himself in this sixth entry in his China series.” (Library Journal)
“Chinese Whispers, the sixth in author Peter May’s China Thrillers series, offers a juicy treat for mystery lovers. May has earned critical acclaim around the world and is the only Westerner to receive an honorary membership into the Chinese Crime Writer’s Association, Beijing Chapter. This book shows why he deserves the honor.” (ForeWord Reviews)
“May’s fine sixth entry in his contemporary China series (The Firemaker, etc.) offers some fresh variations on the catch-the-serial-killer within an autocratic society plot.... May nicely handles the business of using mental fingerprints to identify the criminal.” (Publishers Weekly)
Story was less believable than may's later novels. Well written but the story line lacked real interest. I don't recommend this read. The setting was of interest and the main characters draws the reader in but the actual narrative was weak. Other "Chinese Thriller" books may be fine as the novelty of the Chinese police procedure and depth of the main characters form an excellent base upon which a good mystery could be based but this isn't the one. Mike
"You know who you are, secrets and whispers."
Li Yan new menace is a copycat, and he wants his crimes to replicate the past down to the letters to the inspector and the cuts he delivers to his victims, because his motivations come from the past he recreates; taunting li and putting Margaret at peril, nearly destroying all they have.
This is a more stylized narratives than the usual stories in this series, creating a plot that is rich with historical facts of interest, that will satisfy most crime readers, but it is still very much keeping a marriage of east and west, and the consequences of power and history.
Entertaining and fast paced full of turns and darkness for both the main characters, making this one more very good story that will not disappoint.
The reader was excellent, clear and with the necessary acting to make the story more interesting.
"A disappointing ending"
A complex story which dragged at times, but held my interest long enough to want to finish it. The ending however was lack lustre to say the least. Sadly not a great listen.
Good book one of tthe best of this author .Dependent on having read some others for background knowledge to characters and events. so dont read this first. A got to finish it book so really enjoyed.
What an emotional roller coaster! Truly one of the best series. Kept me guessing, angry, frustrated, expectant, all the emotions ... Can't wait for the next instalment.
"I have now listened to all six of this series"
how disappointing to change narrator. the first four of these books were read by Peter Forbes and he is an excellent narrator. There is nothing extrinsically bad about Simon Vance's narration but he is just not as good as Peter Forbes. I enjoyed the series and I have no doubt that Peter May will be writing more but I feel they are formulaic and more of a money spinning effort than his excellent Scottish series. I felt the first book, The Firemaker, was as good as the Scottish books but I do not feel that they have quite kept up the standard. Still good and worth listening to, entertaining and enjoyable but bring back Peter Forbes.
"Ridiculous story, very gory"
Like these characters, the clash of cultures, life in Beijing. This is all done well as in the previous China stories. But the storyline is too sensationalist and implausible - yet again. Keep it simple.
Another well written story with good characters and lots of tense moments.
It felt a little rushed at the end but not enough to spoil it for me.
"The tension builds- I'm hooked!"
Credible characters, and a credible story that moves.
Where do Campbell an Li Yan Ho from here??
Absolutely gripping. This has to be the best yet of the China series. Full of twists and turns . heartache, despair and intrigue. Only thing I would have liked was an epilogue as the story finishes rather abruptly.
Good series enjoyed the stories and locations. Gripping all the way through. Any more stories?
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