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City of Ice: a gripping and atmospheric crime thriller set in modern China Paperback – 11 May 2021
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- Publisher : Headline; 1st edition (11 May 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1472281861
- ISBN-13 : 978-1472281869
- Dimensions : 15.4 x 2.4 x 23.2 cm
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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.