The Runner

The Runner

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  • Audio cassette
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Audio Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 075311738X
  • 9780753117385

Review Text

Western-style thrillers set in exotic lands and featuring locals as main characters are still a fairly new development, but Peter May's novels set in China are already at the top of the genre. Such books as The Firemaker and The Fourth Sacrifice are couched in prose that has a precision rare in the field, matched with brilliant scene-setting. The latter, of course is essential in books such as this; the reader has to be reminded that the country they are reading about is very different from their own. In this fifth Chinese thriller, Chinese Detective Li Yan once again joins forces with American pathologist Margaret Campbell to crack a series of murders with dangerous ramifications for the international athletics field. Beijing is as confused and threatening a place as ever, and Li begins to feel that this will be the last case he undertakes for the city's police. The usual intransigent officials and unhelpful witnesses make his job difficult, and the only member of the Chinese athletics team prepared to talk about the killings has disappeared. The characters here are vivid and contrasting, and they grow and develop in a way usually only found in literary novels, and the plotting and evocation of atmosphere as professional as they come. An excellent series. (Kirkus UK)show more