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

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A riveting true-crime tale that presents the thrilling account of a murder in 1937 China that caused an international media sensation.

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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“This is a good murder story, well told, with all the additional pleasures that a knowledgeable tour guide to old China can provide. Grateful readers could scarcely ask for more.” Joseph Kanon, author of Istanbul Passage, in The Washington Post

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“Never less than fascinating…one of the best portraits of between-the-wars China that has yet been written.” The Wall Street Journal

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“A page-turning and fascinating true crime book. This is a genre-breaker that captures the atmosphere of 1930s Peking.” The Bookseller

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Midnight in Peking is true-crime writing at its best, full of vivid characters, an exotic locale, secrets galore, and a truly bewildering mystery.” The Christian Science Monitor

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“A compulsively readable true crime work in the tradition of Devil in the White City.” The Atlantic.com

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“Not only does Mr. French succeed in solving the crime, he resurrects a period that was filled with glitter as well as evil, but was never, as readers will appreciate, known for being dull.” The Economist

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“[T]he most talked-about read in town this year.” The New Yorker’s Page-Turner Blog

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“An engrossing read” Oprah.com

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“In today’s Beijing, French’s portrait feels surprisingly germane.” The Los Angeles Times

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“Part historical docudrama, part tragic opera…[French] tells this sorry tale with the skill of an Agatha Christie.” The Financial Times

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“Reads like a mystery thriller, with its dramatic cast of character and exotic setting.” San Francisco BayGuardian

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“A fascinating tale of life and death in a city on the brink of all-out war.” Time.com

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“[This} fitting elegy to a lost young woman — and era — should help ensure Pamela Werner is a footnote no more.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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“Similar to Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, it’s a compelling story brought to life by meticulous research.” Minneapolis Star Tribune

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“Historian French unravels a long-forgotten 1937 murder in this fascinating look at Peking (now Beijing) on the brink of Japanese occupation. French painstakingly reconstructs the crime and depicts the suspects…compelling evidence is coupled with a keen grasp of Chinese history in French’s worthy account.” Publisher’s Weekly

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“Treating his subjects with expertise and compassion, French creates a riveting portrait of the complicated tensions that existed during wartime in a city on the brink of destruction. This is a difficult book to put down!” Library Journal (starred review)

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“French provides a wealth of historical detail about a vanished era in interwar Peking….A well-composed, engaging, lurid tale.” Kirkus

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“It is the storytelling flair that marks Midnight in Peking so highly above the run-of-the-mill true crime stories: with its false leads and twists, it sucks the reader in like the best fiction.” The Scotsman

About the Author

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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kenney, April 3, 2014 (view all comments by kenney)
Great title! A book's cover grabs my attention regardless of the old saying "you can't tell a book by its cover." Unless a book is suggested to me, I pick books that get my attention.

Good work!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143123361
Author:
French, Paul
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pp 4-color photos on insert stock
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.43 x 5.55 x 0.8 in 0.58 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 272 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143123361 Reviews:
"Review" by , “This is a good murder story, well told, with all the additional pleasures that a knowledgeable tour guide to old China can provide. Grateful readers could scarcely ask for more.”
"Review" by , “Never less than fascinating…one of the best portraits of between-the-wars China that has yet been written.”
"Review" by , “A page-turning and fascinating true crime book. This is a genre-breaker that captures the atmosphere of 1930s Peking.”
"Review" by , Midnight in Peking is true-crime writing at its best, full of vivid characters, an exotic locale, secrets galore, and a truly bewildering mystery.”
"Review" by , “A compulsively readable true crime work in the tradition of Devil in the White City.”
"Review" by , “Not only does Mr. French succeed in solving the crime, he resurrects a period that was filled with glitter as well as evil, but was never, as readers will appreciate, known for being dull.”
"Review" by , “[T]he most talked-about read in town this year.”
"Review" by , “An engrossing read”
"Review" by , “In today’s Beijing, French’s portrait feels surprisingly germane.”
"Review" by , “Part historical docudrama, part tragic opera…[French] tells this sorry tale with the skill of an Agatha Christie.”
"Review" by , “Reads like a mystery thriller, with its dramatic cast of character and exotic setting.”
"Review" by , “A fascinating tale of life and death in a city on the brink of all-out war.”
"Review" by , “[This} fitting elegy to a lost young woman — and era — should help ensure Pamela Werner is a footnote no more.”
"Review" by , “Similar to Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, it’s a compelling story brought to life by meticulous research.”
"Review" by , “Historian French unravels a long-forgotten 1937 murder in this fascinating look at Peking (now Beijing) on the brink of Japanese occupation. French painstakingly reconstructs the crime and depicts the suspects…compelling evidence is coupled with a keen grasp of Chinese history in French’s worthy account.”
"Review" by , “Treating his subjects with expertise and compassion, French creates a riveting portrait of the complicated tensions that existed during wartime in a city on the brink of destruction. This is a difficult book to put down!”
"Review" by , “French provides a wealth of historical detail about a vanished era in interwar Peking….A well-composed, engaging, lurid tale.”
"Review" by , “It is the storytelling flair that marks Midnight in Peking so highly above the run-of-the-mill true crime stories: with its false leads and twists, it sucks the reader in like the best fiction.”
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