A burned corpse is a disturbing mystery for Beijing detective Li Yan until he enlists forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell. Having abandoned a broken life in Chicago for her work, she's as determined as Li to ask difficult questions about the man's death. But some questions have answers they'd rather not hear - facts that others are desperate to conceal. The Firemaker is the first in the acclaimed China series from Peter May, author of Runaway, Entry Island and the internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy.
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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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"Standard fare: good enough but no better"
The main plus in this book is the attempt to describe aspects of modern China. However, Peter May's series set in the Outer Hebrides was much better at such exposition.
The characterisation in this book is not strong, the development is too predictable, and the plotting not sufficient to compensate for its other failings.
A really enjoyable listen. You knew how the plot was going but there were still many many twists and turns within it that I didn't see coming. Fascinating incite to Chinese life also...Well worth a listen.
"More Mills and Boones than murder and mayhem"
Anyone who likes romance and is not too bothered about the storyline
No, because this book should not be in the. Crine/Thriller section
He did a reasonable job with such poor material, I thought he sounded embarrassed to be reading it at times
Yes, it ended and I have the ability to return it, which I will be doing
Potentially this had the making of a good story. The author wrote a romance story and chucked in a few dead bodies. The female lead, did women and in particular American women no favors at all, she was as thick as they come, no redeeming characters in the book.
Obviously a writer who is familiar with China May paints a convincing picture. The protagonists are both likeable always a good thing a
In any novel
"Finding the dragon in DNA"
A good summer read, a thriller that develops well with good characters and China as a place for a modern detective team, with lots of background on the Chinese way, and the idiosyncrasies of the communist party capitalist ways.
Entertaining and with lots of twists and surprises to keep the plot moving. Much more I can not reveal because it would spoil the fun and fun it is.
"interesting and easy listening"
read very well again. it was interesting to gain an insight into China . I do like Peter May books. this was easy to get into and to listen to as usual but I felt the story was a little weak and unlikely. that said I will download the next one in the series.
loved it ... could listen to the narrator forever. scary storyline as very likely to happen one day
"Fast paced thriller."
As enjoyable as May's Scottish books , well read by the same narrator. Excellent story.
"A great book"
really good story, I listened on my tablet whilst making curtains. Totally absorbing, a great story with a lot of historical political detail.
"gripping plot great characters"
great story it has a very real feel. Love the discriptive nature of the writing. very enjoyable.
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