His victims are young, beautiful, and viciously mutilated. He calls himself the Beijing Ripper. The media and terror-stricken public are demanding the killer's arrest, and Li Yan, the head of Beijing’s serious crime squad, has been put in the spotlight. American pathologist Margaret Campbell is asked to perform an autopsy on one of the victims, and her results send shockwaves through the investigation. Then Li begins receiving personal letters from the killer, and his life and career start falling apart. The need to uncover the Ripper’s identity becomes paramount if he is to save himself and his family.
Peter May’s terrifying sixth China thriller pits Li Yan and Margaret Campbell against an unscrupulous foe who could prove to be their deadliest enemy yet.
Peter May is a Scottish television screenwriter, novelist, and crime writer. At age 21, he was named Scottish Young Journalist of the Year. He was a prolific television scriptwriter in the UK for nearly 20 years and has won several literary awards for his novels. He now lives in France with his wife.
“Employing a tightly woven plot and detailing interpersonal relationships that reveal more of his protagonists’ background, May, the only Western member of the Chinese Crime Writers’ Association, has outdone himself in this sixth entry in his China series.” (
“Chinese Whispers, the sixth in author Peter May’s China Thrillers series, offers a juicy treat for mystery lovers. May has earned critical acclaim around the world and is the only Westerner to receive an honorary membership into the Chinese Crime Writer’s Association, Beijing Chapter. This book shows why he deserves the honor.” ( ForeWord Reviews)
“May’s fine sixth entry in his contemporary China series ( The Firemaker, etc.) offers some fresh variations on the catch-the-serial-killer within an autocratic society plot.... May nicely handles the business of using mental fingerprints to identify the criminal.” ( Publishers Weekly)
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