the fourth sacrifice
Reviews of the UK EDITION
prose... a masterwork of sheer momentum"
Selected as one of
the "best british novels of the year 2000"
by Deadly Pleasures (The Anthony Award Winning
"you won't want to
put this down"
Newcastle Evening Chronicle
"an impressive and
ingenious second novel"
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"
Scotland on Sunday
and thriller... his jealousy and her acid tongue make for entertaining
"China and the city of Beijing are depicted extremely well and the
horrors and tragic legacy of the Cultural revolution are made
Manchester Evening News
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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"fascinatingly detailed and well-researched"
"May's plotting is impeccable,"
"scene-setting is a delight"
of the 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."
"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"
"While the mystery is grisly and intriguing, it's the
between the two leads that elevates the book above many others in the
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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