Eighteen mutilated women in a Shanghai mass grave. But this is only the beginning of a horrific case for Investigator Li Yan and Mei Ling, head of Shanghai's serious crime squad. Ling is a formidable woman, and she appears to threaten Li Yan's relationship with pathologist Margaret Campbell. But when Campbell discovers that the victims were subjected to live autopsies, she knows she'll need all the help she can get. The Killing Room is the third 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)
Kildonan by the sea
One more good instalment in the China thrillers now we are in a different city with a different woman; plus Margaret, making this investigation that is a political hot potato even hotter, Li Yan has many problems to resolve in his personal life and his political acumen has to be sharper than ever. The discovery of eighteen bodies and the mysteries they hold make for interesting dilemmas about societies and cultures, money and political power, in a country where the party and the oligarchs are closely related.
Entertaining and thoughtful, gruesome and unflinching stories of culture clashes of our time.
I bought this because I was intrigued by the setting. Unfortunately all we get are cliches about the Far East that add little to plot and character. Character in particular is so poorly done that if I hadn't been on a very long car journey without any alternative distraction I would not have finished this audiobook. The relationship between the Chinese detective and the female US pathologist gets in the way of the investigation and both characters aren't even remotely interesting people. In fact very little of the story is spent investigating the crime; 'get back to the bodies', I found myself grumbling all the way. But when that happens, the pathology material is handled in a rather clunky, obtrusive knowledge-dump fashion that a better writer would have known how to integrate more smoothly. Yes, there is a twist in the story at the end but enduring 12 hours to get there wasn't worth it.
Not a series or a writer I will ever be returning to.
The reader tries his best but one gets a sense even he is bored.
Exciting, cleverly written thriller, loaded with interstiing information on Chinese ways of life, with some humour amongst the horrors. Loved it and have just ordered the others in this series. Much prefer this to the Lewis servos.
Peter May and Peter Forbes are an unbeatable combination. A great read. But nothing beats the Lewis trilogy
Absolutely excellent. Beautifully written and painstakingly researched. Even though there is a lot of detail and technical material, the story flows so well. You always learn a great deal from Peter May's novels. Peter Forbes is the best narrator and I wish he could narrate every book in the audible shop. This is the 3rd in the China thriller series, such a pity that for some inexplicable reason the 4th book is not available in the uk audible store.
Once again Peter May has produced a story like no other. Set in unique surroundings, looking at different cultures and with a love story to boot!
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