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City of Ice: a gripping and atmospheric crime thriller set in modern China Kindle Edition
Everything one could want in a crime novel - insight, thrills, and entertainment. This is not one to miss! -- Robert K. Tanenbaum, New York Times bestselling author
A gruesome crime; a rural cop with a keen mind and a sense of his place in modern-day China?CITY OF ICE is written with humor and insight, supplying from page one a plot that rolls steadily down the runway, constantly gaining speed the whole way until with a final burst of takeoff velocity, it takes you to a place you never thought you'd be. -- James Church
Like Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko or Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti, Klingborg's Inspector Lu Fei is a determined investigator as well as a wonderful guide to a country and culture unfamiliar to most readers. A thrilling mystery and a delightful novel from beginning to end -- Barbara Nickless, bestselling author
A wonderful view into the life of a rural town in the orbit of one of China's huge but secondary cities. Klingborg truly understands how Chinese bureaucracies work; at the same time he's a wizard at believable characters, compelling situations, and a propulsive plot. I'm already looking forward to the second book in this series. -- SJ Rozan, Edgar Award winner and best-selling author --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- ASIN : B08KHZRLQ5
- Publisher : Headline (4 May 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1163 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 281 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 457,196 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story is set in Harbin. Often, when we think of China, cities such as Shanghai and Beijing come to mind. Harbin is a fascinating city; with a heavy Russian influence and temperatures that are well beyond anything we will experience in the western world.
To the case itself. Upon further examination, as if being murdered weren’t indignity enough, the young lady has hard her heart, liver and lungs removed. Lu keeps an open mind as to what the motive is and works with what he has; which isn’t much. In terms of the investigation, the path Lu follows is a well trodden one. Running down the clues, seeking witnesses. The essential difference in China though is that once a suspect is charged, their subsequent determination of guilt and sentencing are pretty much a formality. Lu is not yet jaded enough to present the first potential malefactor he comes across to carry the can though.
The shining light here is the drip feed of observations and hard facts about China and its culture.It is so absorbing.Never detracting from the narrative, the author educates us as we follow Lu and with each chapter read, you are a little richer in your knowledge of a country that has always held its cards close. And Lu himself is a wonderful creation. A crafty fighter, a diplomat and an old romantic. Sometimes the diplomacy takes a header in favour of a judicious beating, but needs must and all that.
An absolute feast of knowledge and a story that is China through and through. Oh that crime fiction were all as good as this.