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the killing room - reviews

(UK Edition)

Selected as one of the 'best original titles in hardback' for December 2000.
The Bookseller

"May is described as 'Cruz Smith meets Cornwell' and it won't take many pages of his latest - The Killing Room - to find out why ... Raw, like sushi, and recommended."
The Publishing News

"The plot is chilling and ingenious"
Scotland on Sunday

"A highly professional page turner"
Books Magazine

"a gripping page-turner that combines edge-of-the-seat suspense with a fascinating picture of modern China"
"as gruesomely detailed as anything Patricia Cornwell or Kathy Reichs describe"
Irish Independent

"May knows how to tell a story and keep his audience guessing"
Glasgow Evening Times

"If you want a good quotient of blood and gore, and an informed and balanced view of modern China...then I highly recommend this book."
Tangled Web

"(Peter May) delivers another pacy, page turning experience that will keep you up at night racing through"
"It'll have you checking out travel sites for cheap tickets to Shanghai"
Books at

"It's a book that gathers momentum. It draws you in and of course I ended up doing that thing of sitting through till quarter to two in the morning because eventually I couldn't put it down!"
"I most certainly would recommend it... definitely worth reading... very visual... strong characters... a fantastic story with a really brilliant ending... and human interest. All the right ingredients..."
Cover Story, Radio Scotland

"May is... making a welcome return... (for) anyone who appreciates a good read and likes to pit their wits against skilled thriller writers."
Newcastle Journal

"Part police procedural, part action thriller, The Killing Room is a perfect remedy for whatever doldrums you may be in."
Deadly Pleasures (The Anthony Award Winning Mystery Magazine)

"a fascinating series, although this book, with it's detailed autopsy of the dismembered victims, is not for those with weak stomachs."
Sunday Telegraph

"Peter May opens a window on a vision of the modern Chinese political climate... a tremendous collision of cultures."
The Herald

"Keeps a cracking pace throughout."
"Seat edging suspense... that will keep you turning the pages as fast as any North American serial killer chiller"
What's On, Birmingham

Killing Room US edition
(US Edition)

"Suspenseful plot twists and turns, the beautifully depicted Chinese culture, and the unresolved relationship of Li and Campbell make this an essential read. While there are other mysteries using modern China as a setting, none is as provocative as May's series... Highly recommended for all mystery collections."
Library Journal (starred review)

"In May’s rewarding third mystery to feature American pathologist Margaret Campbell and Chinese deputy section chief Li Yan... Campbell coaxes the identities of four of the women from their body fragments, and each is a poignant yet apparently unrelated story."
Publishers' Weekly

"The Killing Room is a provocative, stomach-churning, suspense-filled forensic thriller that enhances Peter May's growing reputation as a skilled storyteller who knows how to serve up vivid narratives, romantic adventures, compelling characterizations, riveting plots, and intriguing views of modern-day China. The Killing Room is highly recommended."

"Interdepartmental politics and Party member interference add realism and complexity to the intricate plot. But just as riveting is the triangle between Inspector Li, the rather abrasive Margaret, and sexy Shanghai cop Mei-Ling...  The Killing Room is a brisk, solidly plotted police procedural, with lots of gritty forensic details."
Mystery Scene Magazine

"Against this atmospheric backdrop, May creates a fast-paced crime story that transitions smoothly between the police investigation and the characters’ personal lives...  A highly enjoyable read that should not be missed"
New Mystery Reader Magazine

"This excellent Chinese police procedural will please fans of that sub-genre immensely as this is a top rate whodunit...The story line is action-packed and the triangle cleverly developed to allow the reader to understand the motivations including personal demons of the investigating team."
Genre Go Round

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