The Master Of Rain

The Master Of Rain

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Shanghai, 1926. A city of British Imperial civil servants, American gun-runners, Russian princesses and Chinese gangsters, where heroin is available on room service and everything is for sale. Exotic, sexually liberated and pulsing with life, it is a place and time where anything seems possible. For Richard Field, it represents a brave new world away from the past he is trying to escape. Seconded to the police force, his first moment of active duty is a brutal crime scene. A young White Russian woman, Lena Orlov, lies spreadeagled on her bed, sadistically murdered. As he begins to peer through the gllttering surface to the murky depths beneath, Field sees a world beyond the glamour of the city's expatriate life - a world where everything has its price, and where human life is merely another asset to barter. The key to the investigation seems to be Lena's neighbour, Natasha Medvedev. But can Field trust someone for whom self-preservation is the only goal? And is it wise to fall in love when there is every sign that Natasha herself may be the next victim? In a city where reality is a dangerous luxury, Field is driven into the darkness beyond the dazzle of society to a world where the basest of human needs are met and where the truth seems certain to be a fatal more

Product details

  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 106 x 172 x 40mm | 299.38g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • map
  • 055214746X
  • 9780552147460
  • 1,108,569

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"'A moody, murder mystery with all the style of a noir classic'" The Mirror "'Nigh on impossible to put down...This intelligent thriller brings Shanghai to life as Gorky Park did for Moscow'" Time Out "'Rich, dark, atmospheric, this fine novel captures time and place perfectly. A great crime story that ends up in a place you won't predict'" -- Lee Child "The atmosphere and menace of Twenties Shanghai is brought to vivid life as the backdrop to a gripping tale'" Daily Mail "'Master of Rain is that rare thing: a truly epic crime novel, brilliantly researched and superbly executed'" -- John Connollyshow more

About Tom Bradby

Tom Bradby has for the last eight years been a political and foreign reporter for ITN, covering Ireland and South East Asia, and is now their royal correspondent. He is the author of three acclaimed novels, Shadow Dancer, The Sleep of the Dead and The Master of Rain and The White Russian. He lives in England with his wife and three more

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383 ratings
3.51 out of 5 stars
5 16% (62)
4 37% (141)
3 33% (127)
2 10% (39)
1 4% (14)
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