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City Of Shadows (An Inspector Danilov Historical Thriller, Book 2) Kindle Edition
About the Author
Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, tv commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.
He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England. In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.
When he's not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia.
- ASIN : B016X7GPDE
- Publisher : HQ Digital; ePub ed edition (11 March 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 1148 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 373 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 63,174 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As with the previous book this one takes us all over Shanghai with excellent descriptions of the sights, sounds and smells. The relationship between Danilov and Strachan is developing nicely and although they are quite different people the fact they respect and listen to each other makes this relationship work. This book is brilliantly crafted and while not a fast read it goes at a steady pace. There are points where you can makes guesses as to what happens next but only if you’ve been paying attention because there is so much detail and information that even skipping one page could cause confusion. While you are reading the first few chapters wondering where this story is going to go, it is slowly drawing you in to the point where you are walking and running side by side with the characters, getting anxious because they do and feeling what they feel whether good or bad. This is one of those books that leaves you wanting more and hating that you have to wait for the next book to find out what happens. As well as wanting to know what happens next for both Danilov and Strachan after the events of this book there is also the ending that had me shouting at the author (sorry!) from my sofa because of the way he ended the book. I never saw that coming at all and now I have to wait months to find out how it turns out. This is one of those endings that makes you hate the fact that the writing and publishing process takes months instead of days. I am bereft, sad and worried about these characters and yet all I can do is wait……………………
I know modern day Shanghai fairly well but this was great to read in a different time, and some might say, it's heyday. I'm normally quite a fast reader but in this case I found myself taking time over the book, not because of difficult plots or something that wasn't easy to understand; it was purely that I wanted to remain in the world created for as long as I could.
I don't want to give any of the story or spoilers away but suffice to say, it's another tightly written plot, with well fleshed out individuals
Needless to say, I'm looking forward to book 3