THE FIREMAKER opens the
lid on a Pandora's Box of genetic food engineering and gives
us a terrifying glimpse of the doomsday scenario that could await
if the scientists get it wrong.
Set in contemporary China, it 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.
She is a forensic pathologist from Chicago on a six-week lecture
trip to the University of Public Security in Beijing. She has
fled to China to escape from a broken heart and a shattered life.
He is a newly promoted detective who finds himself walking in
the footsteps of an uncle who was a near legend in the Beijing
On the night that the scientist is burned to death, there are
two other murders in the city. All three are inextricably, but
Li's uncle, now retired, prefers to play chess in the park and
dispense his wisdom in Chinese riddles, and the young detective
is forced reluctantly to turn for help to the experienced Margaret
Campbell whose expertise is burn victims.
From the moment she conducts the autopsy on the government scientist,
her future and Li's become as inextricably linked as the murders
they are investigating. And as, together, they peel back layer
upon layer of obfuscation, the terrible truth they finally uncover
sets them on a terrifying course they could never have imagined.
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