The Master of Rain

The Master of Rain

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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • AudioGO Limited
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type edition
  • 0754091228
  • 9780754091226

Review Text

Tom Bradby's thriller is set in the sodden heat of Shanghai in 1926. Field, a somewhat naive young north-country policeman, has just arrived from Britain, and is speedily entangled in a series of murders of young White Russian prostitutes employed by Lu, the notoriously cruel and powerful Chinese war-lord who controls vice in the city. Suspicion of Communist infiltration makes the authorities jumpy, but eases Lu's way with anyone who defies his authority: they are simply beheaded as crypto-Communists. The violent reputation of Shanghai worries Field's uncle, the Secretary to the Municipal Council, who is much preoccupied with selling the place as the city of the future for Far Eastern traders. Field's colleague, Capresi, is a tough Chicago policeman made tougher by a tragedy in his personal life. He views the White Russian girls as disposable, and is not best pleased when, inevitably, Field falls in love with one of Lu's girls and decides to rescue her, while at the same time attempting to retreat from the predatory sexual advances of his own aunt, who has for some time been neglected by her husband. There are moments when the complications of the plot become almost farcical, but the book moves fast, scenes are graphic, gritty and violent, and the degenerate atmosphere reeks off the page - the scenes in Lu's sleazy night-club are especially memorable. The final chapter is not much of a surprise, but there are plenty of twists and turns before that and the book makes a good, fast holiday read. (Kirkus UK)
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