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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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Not very good at all

Had been pushing on with this series but did not like this one at all. Although I feel like the romance aspect has been played out a bit too long, I started to notice that some of the language used to describe the lead female had become a bit gratuitous and salacious. Also, while none of the stories have been exactly realistic, this just felt like a total parody- predictable to the last. So that’s it.

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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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Done with this series.

Stupid and unrealistic characters acting in REALLY stupid and unrealistic ways. Apart from the "Spanish Flu" theme surprisingly simplistic writing. Peter May can do better than this. Done with this series.

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  • 25-05-18

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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lots of potential but a damp squib.

had lots of potential but ended up too predictable and a damp squib. unfiretunately,way below previous standard of books in the series.

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Couldn’t stop listening

I am becoming obsessed with this series by Peter May. I will be downloading the next book immediately

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thank you

thank you for another good book well written it's quite poignant what's happening today thanks

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I enjoyed this series up to this book. Unfortunately I found too many cliches, plus actions which did not ring true, but were there to serve the plot. For example (but avoiding spoilers), I found it preposterous that a character who was already identified as a potentially deadly threat to the nation would be released into the custody of a foreign national. The narration was as excellent as ever. But I admit that I finally decided to give up.

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Enjoying the series!

Curious where Margaret and Lee will end up next. I’m enjoying this series, and have already started the next book.

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Gripping story, particularly in our present situation, brilliantly told and held me to the end

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  • 30-08-19

Margaret is the “ugly American” in print.

I keep reading this series because of the interesting plot lines. With each book I come to like Margaret less and less. So selfish and entitled to be mean and rude, disrespectful and argumentative. She has hints of a drinking problem so hopefully she’ll soften during her alcohol-free pregnancy.

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  • 25-01-21

The future is now

Unfortunately all too timely in 2020 and 2021 so reader needs to be forewarned. Great series.