Midnight in Peking is a gripping non fiction story, a good read and a history lesson all rolled up into one fascinating murder mystery. It is the true story of the vicious murder of a young woman, Pamela Werner, whose father was a former British consul to China in 1937. It is told against the tense backdrop of the advance of Japanese troops and the uncertainty of Chiang Kai-shek's government. It is a study in contrasts: Chinese and foreigner, rich and poor, good and evil, rumors and truth. Through it all a grieving father struggles to find justice for his murdered daughter and he is thwarted at every turn. It is a heart-breaking story that gives insight into the main characters but also to the mood and events of the time. The author has done a spectacular job of research and bringing a bit of justice to a murder case that was buried in ineptness,corruption and the turbulent times prior to World War II. Love it!
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