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Midnight In Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China (Hardcover) - Edgar Award Winner: Best Fact Crime

Author:  Paul French
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0143121006
ISBN-13: 9780143121008
Sku: 225107933
Publish Date: 4/24/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 1T
Pages:  260
Age Range:  22 to UP
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Peking, January 1937. The murder of a beautiful young British woman sends shockwaves through the city. With the suspect list growing, two detectivesNone British and one ChineseNrace against the clock to solve the crime before the Japanese invade and Peking.
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In the last days of old Peking, where anything goes, can a murderer escape justice?

Peking in 1937 is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, opulence and opium dens, rumors and superstition. The Japanese are encircling the city, and the discovery of Pamela Werner's body sends a shiver through already nervous Peking. Is it the work of a madman? One of the ruthless Japanese soldiers now surrounding the city? Or perhaps the dreaded fox spirits? With the suspect list growing and clues sparse, two detectives?one British and one Chinese?race against the clock to solve the crime before the Japanese invade and Peking as they know it is gone forever. Can they find the killer in time, before the Japanese invade?

Historian and China expert Paul French at last uncovers the truth behind this notorious murder, and offers a rare glimpse of the last days of colonial Peking.

Author Bio
Paul French
A Russian-born American novelist, versifier, critic, and popular scientist, Asimov is best known for his science fiction. The author and his family emigrated to the U.S. in 1923. His parents allowed him to read only non-fiction books as a child, which initiated his lifelong interest in science. Asimov had his first book published in 1951 and the following year, under the pseudonym Paul French, he published his first children's book. The author of over 350 fiction and non-fiction books, Asimov wrote 10 hours a day, seven days a week. Asimov also earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at Columbia University, and was as respected an academic biochemist as he was a science fiction writer. An indefatigable lecturer and contributor to newspapers and magazines, Asimov came to be increasingly regarded as a scientific seer, and was responsible for adding the term "robotics" to the English language.

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"Mr. French's account is never less than fascinating, and it is delivered at the unflagging pace of a rickshaw man's fast trot....Pamela Werner's effect on history was faint. (Her grave lies lost somewhere beneath one of current Beijing's ring roads.) But in recovering her short life and terrible fate, Mr. French has given us one of the best portraits of between-the-wars China that has yet been written." - Fergus M. Bordewich 04/21/2012

"[A] deeply engrossing tale that offers fresh insights into pre-war Peking and a measure of justice for a young woman whose life was cut tragically short." - Austin Ramzy 04/30/2012

"[The] book's solution, when it arrives, is persuasive and disturbing, and several small clues, scattered early on to be gathered by astute readers, click agreeably into place." - Charles Finch 05/06/2012

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0260
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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