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Summary

The explosive final chapter in the critically acclaimed China series, from the best-selling Richard and Judy author of The Blackhouse

Gruesome murders.

His victims are young, beautiful and coldly mutilated. He calls himself the Beijing Ripper. Li Yan, head of Beijing's serious crime squad, must stop him.  

Fearsome letters.

Just as pathologist Margaret Campbell finds an insight into the killer's sick signature, Li receives a letter from the killer, betraying his cruel intentions.  

Chinese whispers.

There's no way Li can misinterpret the Ripper's motives: he wants to tear Li and Campbell's lives apart and write the darkest chapter in Beijing's history. 

©2012 Peter May (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

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Not sure how to rate this

I am specifically referring to this story in the series, but it is coloured by my impressions of the entire series.

I finally get to fully understand ‘White Privilege’. Being a person of colour, I only know that it exists and see the results but, in the whole telling of these stories I actually got to live through it! It wasn’t until this particular story that I was able to call it what it is! I have never liked the character of Dr Margaret, something about her rubbed me up the wrong way from the very beginning when she landed in China not having read her briefing notes... Now, 5 or more years later, she is no better, no wiser and despite having a mixed race child, has not even attempted to learn the language! Not Even Attempted! Then she takes her supercilious attitude to renew her visa! I was so happy with how she was treated there! That’s not a nice thing to say, but wait until you get to it.... if you’re a stranger in a STRANGE country, be respectful and compliant. She wasn’t: White Privilege, right there!

In other aspects of the story, I’m amazed that they ‘STILL’ haven’t joined the dots with ‘phone tapping’. (That’s just a theory). This is the saddest story of series, I’ve seen the reviews for the next one, a novella that apparently doesn’t tie up the loose ends from this one, too many loose ends. However, my overwhelming feeling from this book was that; I Really Don’t Like Dr Margaret Campbell.

However - this is a fascinating look at the Chinese culture, traditions and attitudes. The stories are great and the Narrator is perfect! But the central characters are lacking, even Lei Win. But Dr Margaret? Yuck! It speaks to the greatness of the story telling that, despite of her, I thoroughly enjoyed the series.

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Great story!

Really enjoyed listening to this book - have enjoyed the whole series! Well narrated, and a great well written story.

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Fantastic but sad conclusion.

A brilliant but sad conclusion to a great series of novels by Peter May, superbly read by Peter Forbes as always. The combination of author and narrator are like a perfect hand fitted to the finest glove. It was a sad conclusion as l knew it was the final story in the China thrillers and l didn't want it to end because l realised l couldn't move on to the next heart-pounding, pulse racing listen. Peter May is a wonderfully descriptive and evocative writer, and his characterization is second to none. Peter Forbes' forceful yet soothing narration with clear definition of character by voice is consistently precise: no voice is out of character with each protagonist, in fact, it's perfect. I've downloaded many, many more Peter May novels as a result but l will really miss Lee and Margaret, the two central characters of this magnificently thrilling series of novels.

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Lovely to finally have the full set

I've been waiting for a while for Peter Forbes to read this and I wasn't disappointed. The master of audiobooks has produced another thrilling performance. While not one of Peter May's best books, it was read with such skill that I enjoyed it throughout.

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Best one yet

Another fantastic Peter May Book. Great Story. Narration excellent. Can't wait for book number Seven.

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Unusual twist

An interesting concept. Not expected even though given an early clue. I Liked it and found it difficult to put down.

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that's enough

I've absolutely loved this whole China Thriller series although I did feel the material becoming a bit thin on this last episode. It began to feel a bit repetitive and predictable but I carried on to the end, as the characters and style of writing had become familiar and comfortable like putting on an old pair of shoes. The narrator Peter Forbes was superb.

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Lacking Credibility

I enjoyed the previous book in this series and the narrator is excellent.....BUT this book was a real disappointment. There is a ridiculous amount of unnecessary autopsy detail, which just got boring. The initial premise promised to be interesting and held my attention, but the concluding chapter was just a nonsense....and very disappointing.

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Best book 📖

Best stories I have read 📚 In a long time.
Great writer
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Disappointed

I should have stopped after book 4, I love Peter May books and have read almost them all. The last two in The China Series I have not enjoyed. The plots are tiresome and I sped up the audible to get to the end for the very first time ever. Sorry Peter I can see I’m in the minority here but please end the series here.