A Death in China

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Overview

From Carl Hiaasen and the distinguished foreign correspondent Bill Montalbano comes a relentless novel of treachery and murder set in the clenched society of China, where even tomorrow’s weather is a state secret.

David Wang, a Chinese-American art historian, dies shortly after a visit to an ancient tomb housing priceless artifacts. Officials diagnose death by duck, a fatal confluence of culture shock and rich cuisine. But Wang’s friend Tom Stratton suspects something more ...

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Overview

From Carl Hiaasen and the distinguished foreign correspondent Bill Montalbano comes a relentless novel of treachery and murder set in the clenched society of China, where even tomorrow’s weather is a state secret.

David Wang, a Chinese-American art historian, dies shortly after a visit to an ancient tomb housing priceless artifacts. Officials diagnose death by duck, a fatal confluence of culture shock and rich cuisine. But Wang’s friend Tom Stratton suspects something more sinister, especially after the dead man’s brother, a highly placed Party official, tries to have him kidnapped. From a nightmarish interrogation to assassination by cobra, A Death in China takes readers on a trip with no rest stops through a world of claustrophobic mistrust and terrifying danger.

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Editorial Reviews

Herbert Mitgang
[An] imaginative thriller. -- The New York Times Book Review
Library Journal
Published in 1984, 1981, and 1982, respectively, these novels feature action, intrigue, violence, and murder. In the Hitchcock vein, they also portray protagonists who are just ordinary people--a professor, an architect, and a fishing-boat captain--who are dragged into extraordinary circumstances. LJ's reviewer found Death in China "tautly written," adding that Montalbano and Hiaasen have a "fine flair for characters and settings" (LJ 4/1/84).
New York Times Book Review
"A tutly written, fast-paced thriller that captures the real China."
Time
"A terrific story... Montalbano ad Hiassen hae brought it off splendidly."
Wall Street Journal
"Montalbano and Hiaasen have created a Middle Kingdom maelstrom of intrigues, deceits, lusts and carnards. Like China itself, what often seems to be too implausible turns out to be real."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375700675
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Series: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 487,838
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen is the author of seven other novels.  He lives in Key West, Florida.

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    1. Hometown:
      Tavernier, Florida
    1. Education:
      Emory University; B.A., University of Florida, 1974

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2000

    Surprisingly Good

    I thought this book was very well written, and kept my attention til the very end. I had to read it for school, and didnt expect it to be nearly as good as it was.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Excellent

    Great book, very well written & fast paced. Highly recommend!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Is it good?????

    I havent read it yet so i hope its good!!!!!!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2015

    Recommend this book

    A combination a history of China and an ongoing mystery. This book will be enjoyed by both the history buff and the mystery lover.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    If you were looking for Carl he aint here in this overly long an

    If you were looking for Carl he aint here in this overly long and disjointed novel. Probably relevant to Chinese history but a story that lacks consistency and doesn't ring true with Carl's sense of humor.

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