Midnight in Peking

Midnight in Peking

By Paul French

  • Release Date : 2012-05-31
  • Genre : True Crime
  • FIle Size : 33.03 MB
Score: 4
From 29 Ratings
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Midnight in Peking Midnight in Peking is a gripping true murder mystery by Paul French


'A first-rate murder story, a thrilling narrative. Hurtles along from one cliffhanger to the next' Spectator

Peking, 1937:

The teenage daughter of a British consul is brutally slaughtered. The police investigation is botched; as war looms British and Chinese authorities close ranks. A grieving father vows to uncover the truth - alone.

Seventy-five years later, historian Paul French uncovers a stash of forgotten documents revealing the killer's identity . . .

For those who loved The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil this is a riveting and evocative true crime classic.

'Gripping, spellbinding . . . drawing the reader from the very first pages into an unwholesome, macabre world' Guardian

'Part historical docudrama, part tragic opera . . . it is French's enormous achievement that he pieces together the puzzle. He tells this tale with the skill of an Agatha Christie' Financial Times

'Fascinating and irresistible. I couldn't put it down'
John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

'Vivid, pulsating, riveting. It is the storytelling flair that marks Midnight in Peking so highly: with its false leads and twists . . . it sucks the reader in like the best fiction' Scotsman

Born in London, Paul French has lived in China for more than 10 years. He is a widely published analyst and commentator on China; his books include a history of North Korea, a biography of Shanghai adman and adventurer Carl Crow, and a history of foreign correspondents in China.


  • Midnight in Peking

    By Lightandfrothy
    I could not put this book down. Incredible story and superbly written. Well done for not allowing this terrible injustice to be forgotten and hidden.
  • Midnight in Peking

    By john L elliott
    Throughly enjoyable, gives the taste of old China.
  • Mr. French knows his stuff

    By lpbussell
    As a long time expat in China with an addiction to history, I was greatly impressed by the book. Much of the research is superb, and the way in which he conjures up the decadence and strangeness of the upper class (mostly English and American) ex-patriate lifestyle is impressive. People, places and situations come to life under Mr. French's dexterous pen. A great read/listen, well worth the time.
  • Midnight in Peking

    By AllanItunes
    A really good read which gives a fascinating insight into 1930's China.