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Reviews of the UK EDITION

"pulse-pounding prose... a masterwork of sheer momentum"
The Herald

Selected as one of the "best british novels of the year 2000"
by Deadly Pleasures (The Anthony Award Winning Mystery Magazine)

"you won't want to put this down"
Newcastle Evening Chronicle

"an impressive and ingenious second novel"

"super sleuthing in modern-day China... (May) has extensively researched his novels and gets right under the skin of his subject every time."
Good Book Guide

"(May has)a first rate knowledge of Chinese police and criminals"

"exotic and fascinating"
Scotland on Sunday

"...both romance and thriller... his jealousy and her acid tongue make for entertaining reading."
"China and the city of Beijing are depicted extremely well and the horrors and tragic legacy of the Cultural revolution are made poignantly clear."
Manchester Evening News

"fascinating subplots that add real depth to an already complex story"
"May successfully blends a riveting historical story, a strong sense of place and a romance without sacrificing pace and tension...with enough gory forensic detail to keep the most bloodthirsty reader happy"
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"Deft and informative"
"fascinatingly detailed and well-researched"
"May's plotting is impeccable,"
"scene-setting is a delight"
Highland News

Reviews of the Fourth Sacrifice US EDITION

Library Journal - STARRED REVIEW

"May exposes Beijing's dirty charm in a country grappling with modernity. The fast-paced second half is strongest, but the love-hate tension of the romance captivates throughout."
"Entertainment Weekly"

"an electrifying mixture of mystery, romance and history."

"vivid picture of a chaotic, vital modern-day China ...
a fascinating backdrop of the cultural divide between China and America"
Publishers Weekly

"While the mystery is grisly and intriguing, it's the relationship between the two leads that elevates the book above many others in the genre. ...
The author could have gone for the slick, familiar fish-out-of-water story, but by choosing a subtler approach, he rewards us with a far deeper, far more satisfying story."

"an excellent Chinese police procedural starring a strong American protagonist and a powerful support cast"

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