Peking Incident

Peking Incident

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 055268077X
  • 9780552680776

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A long, dilute novel of inter-and-intra-national petty diplomatic skirmishes between occupying Japanese, Chinese and Americans in 1938 Peking, which tunes in on the squabbles in cadre pecking orders throughout this tale of love, sex, violence and slovenly spies. John Edgarton, a young American diplomat infatuated with his mistress - the lovely Russian/Chinese Tamara - makes an enemy of hard-chopped Japanese Colonel Tanaka, who, in addition to his other projects which include opium trading, is engineering a plot via a pathetic Russian plant and an odious go-between to spy on American headquarters. But Tanaka, like the other principals (Edgarton, two beleaguered Chinese officials, one a police chief) are at the mercy of rule-ridden to power-driven superiors. Tanaka is thereby finally routed but not before he has had Tamara taken into custody to humiliate Edgarton. Edgarton, who had been attracted by an American girl, rescues his own Madame Butterfly and does the Right Thing at the dose. The author obviously knows the time and place and civil/uncivil attitudes, but in spite of the obligatory sex and torture scenes, and the villain Tanaka - who reveals a surprising dimension - the story plods, possibly due to Edgarton who seems to have dotted nerve endings. A few incidental points but generally sluggish for the genre. (Kirkus Reviews)show more