A top Chinese swimmer kills himself on the eve of an international event, shattering his country’s hopes of victory against the Americans. An Olympic weightlifter dies in the arms of his Beijing mistress, a scandal to be hushed up at the highest level. Are these two deaths a tragic coincidence or something more sinister?
Beijing detective Li Yan is troubled to discover that they are not the first of China’s athletes to die. He is so troubled that he brings American pathologist Margaret Campbell out of retirement to perform the autopsies. Could it be that natural causes conceal the most unnatural deaths and threaten the future of international athletics
Battling to save his career and preparing for marriage, Li Yan knows that the key to the case lies with a champion runner—the only member of the athletics team prepared to talk. But when the runner disappears, time starts running out in the race to catch the killer.
©2003 Roger Rosenblatt (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Sometimes accidental deaths are the most intentional.
Main attraction was Simon Vance. (I just finished Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.) Subject was interesting. Forensics, Location was interesting. The author can write well.... BUT. More than halfway through the author introduces two cliche characters. Several times the characters ignore obviously important clues. And these are professionals doing their jobs. It's annoying. One character is a key to the entire mystery. She wants to share the secret, but the protagonist is too busy. WTF? I really wanted to like this book. Alas, no cigar. I gave it one more star than I think it deserves.
"Another 5 star story from Peter May"
Whilst I have enjoyed a number of other Peter May listens this is the first in the 'chinese detective' series that I have tried. I selected this particular one because of the rave reviews but now feel a little sad that I had not started the series earlier. However because of the fact that the 'action' takes place alongside the incredibly interesting personal/cultural quandries in Li Yan's life I think it would be quite hard to go backwards and now just have to hope that Peter May will write some more!
Very well read by Simon Vance with just enough 'accent' to distinguish between the characters and to add real flavour to the Beijing setting - without ever falling over into a 'comedy' Chinese voice. Would thoroughly recommend.
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