Tasked to work together again and investigate the $100-million trade in illegal Chinese immigrants that led to the tragedy in Texas, they discover the immigrants were unwitting carriers of a deadly cargo. Still wrestling with the demons of their pasts, Li and Margaret find themselves racing against time to defuse a biological time bomb that threatens to wipe out not only their future but that of all humankind.
©2002 Peter May; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Fast, exciting...A highly topical and entertaining read that will also give food for thought." (Irish Times)
It starts out with a bang: a van load of dead and dying Chinese migrants is found near Huntsville, Texas. The story grabs you when the autopsies reveal the bodies are infected with an unknown virus. But from then on, the plot just starts to fall apart, moving back and forth between the love story of a Chinese detective and a Huntsville forensic doctor, clues leading to a people smuggling ring run by Chinese businessmen in Houston, and a disgruntled Colombian doctor who wants to infect the US population with a devastating virus. It doesn't hang together, although Simon Vance does a very good job narrating with various American accents.
"Looking for a dream, lost in a nightmare"
A wrong switch is pushed and oxygen stops pumping, soon the lungs are screaming for air, the mind is full of fear and in the dark of a container they all die.
We have read it in the news we see it every day, desperate people trying to escape horror by risking it all by making deals with the devil. We are the 20% that are being invaded by the 80% our worlds collide in human trafficking in under world economies and commodities we would rather disregard but exist and persist.
Li Yan and Margaret Campbell are both in the USA and about to work a very personal case for Li Yan. With terrible consequences for both but that is all I am giving away. Some of the new characters are a bit cliche but Peter May makes it work in the end. the information on human trafficking is shocking but lamentably true.
One more instalment in a series that still has some punch and something to say.
I enjoyed this, as I have other books by Peter May. It is a fast paced thriller with plenty of twists and turns. However the plot just goes from one unpleasant and harrowing episode to the next. I was gripped by the story, but just wished for some relief from the misery and unpleasantness. I also found aspects of the plot somewhat implausible.
Nevertheless, I remain a Peter May fan and will continue to enjoy his material.
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