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Publisher's Summary

The fourth China Thriller, from the million-selling Peter May - author of the Richard and Judy best seller The Blackhouse

Suffocated

A vehicle crammed with dozens of dead Chinese immigrants is found in Southern Texas. Pathologist Margaret Campbell must put aside her horror and find out why. 

Summoned

Detective Li Yan - an even more unwelcome memory for Campbell - has arrived stateside to investigate a link in the case to a lucrative trade in illegal labourers. 

Snakehead

Yan and Campbell will soon find that the crime scene hides another secret: a biological time bomb linking traffickers, politicians and migrants in Beijing, Washington and Texas - posing multiple countries one very singular threat. 

©2012 Peter May (P)2017 Quercus Editions Limited

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  • D. Archer
  • 11-18-17

Highly enjoyable

Really enjoyable book and series. The twists and turns, though in places predictable, are fast paced and give the reader new philosophical and scientific avenues to explore and question within themselves. The love story lines are certainly not May's strongest areas of writing and characters are often squarely fixed into their stereotypes, but he provides a great piece of escapism for all to enjoy.

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  • M
  • 07-27-18

Gripping read brilliant and plausible

Well written brilliantly read a plausible fantastic story loved every minute of it I really recommend this author

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  • Annie
  • 07-18-18

Another brilliant Peter May

I think Peter May is one of the brilliant novelists of our time. This 4th of the China series is set in the USA but still with the two main characters. When May writes about a place you are transported to the place and almost feel what it is like to be there. The narration is superb once again by the wonderful Peter Forbes. The story is fast moving and so well researched as always with his books. One learns about something every time with Peter May.

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  • Neels
  • 06-29-18

Best so far

Peter May has written another crafted, descriptive and imaginative story beautifully delivered by Peter Forbes.

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  • Ms
  • 05-25-18

okay, just confirmed my view of the China series

A very boring and predictable story. The character of Margaret has become rather pathetic and unbelievable, an insult to professional women working in male-dominated work environments. The relationship between Margaret and Lee is unrealistic and the sexual encounter using the horse analogy was cringeworthy.
I've listened to the early China stories and as they have progressed I've become more and more irritated by the characters and their unbelievable behavioural characteristics and stupidity.

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  • Robert E.
  • 04-25-18

Great team.

I can’t imagine a better team than May and Forbes.
Masterful writing. Gifted narration.
A marriage made in heaven.

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  • Frank
  • 04-09-18

Strong on plot, weak on characteisation

What did you like most about Snakehead?

The plot and the narration

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me annoyed. Li and Margaret's on/off relationship is really beginning to get on my nerves.There is no feeling of real affection between them, they may need each other but it would be good if they also showed signs of liking each other too.And I don't know why I haven't noticed berore but Margaret really is not a very nice person. You would have thought that someone in her position would have learnt by now to use a bit of tact and diplomacy. Not the most sympathetic of heroines and becoming increasingly hard to like.

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I have just bought the next in the series as the stories are good and it will be interesting to see how things pan out given the revelation at the end of this one.

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  • Sparkle
  • 02-15-18

Another excellent story

I have read a handful of Peter May’s novels and they don’t disappoint. As soon as I finished this one I was aching to read the next in the China series.
Peter Forbes is an excellent narrator

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  • ChrisH
  • 01-29-18

not the best

not the best book in the series . more of link book to enable the series to xontinue

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  • Emma
  • 12-22-17

Not as good as his later books

I did enjoy this book, especially the narration. Peter Forbes really is a master of audiobooks. Peter May’s Scottish stories are just much better books. I’m glad to have all of the China Thrillers finally being read by Peter Forbes though.