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 (Paperback) - Edgar Award Winner: Best Fact Crime
|Author: Paul French|
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|A riveting true-crime tale that presents the thrilling account of a murder in China that caused an international media sensation. Chronicling an incredible unsolved murder, this book captures the aftermath of the brutal killing of a British schoolgirl in January 1937. Based on seven years of research by historian and China expert French, this true-crime thriller presents readers with a rare and unique portrait of the last days of colonial Peking.|
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A riveting true-crime tale that presents the thrilling account of a murder in 1937 China that caused an international media sensation
Chronicling an incredible unsolved murder, Midnight in Peking captures the aftermath of the brutal killing of a British schoolgirl in January 1937. The mutilated body of Pamela Werner was found at the base of the Fox Tower, which, according to local superstition, is home to the maliciously seductive fox spirits. As British detective Dennis and Chinese detective Han investigate, the mystery only deepens and, in a city on the verge of invasion, rumor and superstition run rampant. Based on seven years of research by historian and China expert Paul French, this true-crime thriller presents readers with a rare and unique portrait of the last days of colonial Peking.
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.
"[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 "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 "[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