The Firemaker (China Thrillers Series #1)

The Firemaker (China Thrillers Series #1)

by Peter May
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The Firemaker (China Thrillers Series #1) by Peter May

Set in contemporary China, The Firemaker features Beijing detective Li Yan, and American pathologist, Margaret Campbell, as they track the killer of a government scientist whose horribly burned corpse is found smouldering in a Beijing park.

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ISBN-13: 9781590585696
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Series: China Thrillers Series , #1
Pages: 403
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Peter May won the Scottish Young Journalist of the Year Award at the age of 21, and had his first novel published at 26. He then left journalism and became one of Scotland's most successful and prolific television dramatists. Returning now to novels, his outstanding China Thrillers series of books are winning critical acclaim. To research the series, Peter May makes annual trips to China. As a mark of their respect for his work, The Chinese Crime Writers' Association made him an honorary member of their Beijing Chapter. He is the only Westerner to receive such an honour. Peter May is married to writer Janice Hally and lives in France.

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The Firemaker (China Thrillers Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JBronder 3 months ago
Margaret Campbell is a forensic pathologist in Chicago that has been invited to speak at the Bejing police university. She has had a rough go lately and jumps at the chance for a fresh place to regroup. Unfortunately she didn’t really think things through and arrives in Bejing with no idea about their culture. She just seems to be offending everyone. Then it doesn’t help that she knocks a man off of his bike. A badly burned body is discovered and Margaret is called in to help investigate. Of course the man that she knocked off his bike is new detective Li Yan, the one assigned to this case. Both Margaret and Li seem to be at each other because of the clashing of culture but they try to set this to the side to solve this case. This is the first book that I have read by Peter May. I really like how much he puts into this story. I felt just like Margaret, like a fish out of water, and could see me making the same mistakes as her. I really liked Li. He is clearly from another world from Margaret and although they didn’t initially get along they became a great team. Now, the mystery started out good and really had my attention. But it seemed to stall and had me wanting to get back to it. The, mystery was a good one when it finally picked back up and I enjoyed that. Of course you have a cliff hanger ending that has made me want to rush out and get the next book in the series, The Fourth Sacrafic. I received The Firemaker from Quercus for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Brings the Chinese Culture into the forefront of the story. Excellent character development in this book. Can’t wait for the next book to come out in e-book format.
jprince More than 1 year ago
I got this book as a gift, and it turned out to be a real gem. I will be buying more Peter May right away! Intelligent and well-written. The style was very different from the frequently-formulaic writing of many popular mystery writers. Unexpected turns til the very end. Highly recommend.