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The Firemaker

The Firemaker


A grotesquely burned corpse found in a city park is a troubling mystery for Beijing detective Li Yan. Yan, devoted to his career as a means of restoring the respect his family lost during the Cultural Revolution, needs outside help if he is to break the case.


The unidentified cadaver in turn provides a welcome distraction for forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell. Campbell, married to her work and having left America and her broken past behind, throws herself into the investigation, and before long uncovers a bizarre anomaly.


An unlikely partnership develops between Li and Campbell as they follow the resulting lead. A fiery and volatile chemistry ignites: exposing not only their individual demons, but an even greater evil – a conspiracy that threatens their lives, as well as those of millions of others.
(P)2015 WF Howes Ltd

Genre: Asia / East Asia, Far East / China

On Sale: 23rd July 2015

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781784297657


Praise for Peter May: He is a terrific writer doing something different.
Mark Billingham
From the first page I knew I was in safe hands. I knew I could trust this writer.
Sophie Hannah
Wonderfully compelling.
Kate Mosse
A true pleasure to read.
Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth.
New York Times
One of the best regarded crime series of recent years.
Boyd Tonkin, Independent, on the Lewis trilogy
Lyrical, empathetic and moving.
Alex Gray
A wonderfully complex book.
Peter James, on Entry Island
May's novels are strong on place and the wounds left by old relationships.
Sunday Times
Will have the reader relishing every tendency of description and characterization.
Barry Forshaw, Independent
Dark, exciting and atmospheric.
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Powerful and authentic.
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