Midnight in Peking

Midnight in Peking : How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China

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Winner of the both the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime and the CWA Non-Fiction Dagger

Chronicling an incredible unsolved murder, Midnight in Peking captures the aftermath of the brutal killing of a British schoolgirl in January 1937. The mutilated body of Pamela Werner was found at the base of the Fox Tower, which, according to local superstition, is home to the maliciously seductive fox spirits. As British detective Dennis and Chinese detective Han investigate, the mystery only deepens and, in a city on the verge of invasion, rumor and superstition run rampant. Based on seven years of research by historian and China expert Paul French, this true-crime thriller presents readers with a rare and unique portrait of the last days of colonial Peking.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 25.4mm | 272.15g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Halftones, color; Halftones, black and white
  • 014312336X
  • 9780143123361
  • 35,762

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""Midnight in Peking" is both a detective story and a social history, and therefore - as it should - always keeps the hunt for Pamela's killers somewhere near the center of the narrative. [Paul French] is a wonderfully dexterous guide" - Jonathan Spence in "The New York Review of Books "
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About Paul French

Paul French lives in Shanghai, where he is a business advisor and analyst He frequently comments on China for the English-speaking press around the world. French studied history, economics, and Mandarin at university and has an M.Phil in economics from the University of Glasgow.
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