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

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5.4 X 8.3 X 0.9 inches | 0.57 pounds

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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.
"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

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

"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

"A crime story set among sweeping events is reminiscent of Graham Greene, particularly The Third Man, while French's terse, tightly-focussed style has rightly been compared to Chandler. Midnight in Peking deserves a place alongside both these masters." - The Independent

"A page-turning and fascinating true crime book. This is a genre-breaker that captures the atmosphere of 1930s Peking." - The Bookseller [selected as One to Watch]

"...the most talked-about read in town this year." - The New Yorker's Page-Turner Blog

"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

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

"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

"An engrossing read" - Oprah.com

"In today's Beijing, French's portrait feels surprisingly germane." - The Los Angeles Times

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