Three corpses: drugged, labeled, and brutally beheaded; a trail that Detective Li Yan has to follow. He and forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell have been trying to deny the attraction that nearly destroyed both their careers. But when a fourth victim is found, they have no choice but to work together to track down the truth and to hunt down a ruthless killer. The Fourth Sacrifice is the second in the acclaimed China series from Peter May, author of Runaway, Entry Island and the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy.
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"Peter May is an author I'd follow to the ends of the earth." (New York Times)
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"Women hold up half the sky. Mao Zedong"
Again a fascinating look at China its history and culture, within the parameters of a very entertaining thriller that delivers one more time.
Margaret has not left Beijing, she stayed behind to help with the last case, then a chinese american is murdered and she is requested by the american embassy to help in the investigation. Exposing her to the Terracotta Army, and the consequences of the Chinese Cultural Revolution that took place from 1966 until 1976. Where millions of people were persecuted, tortured, and suffered a wide range of abuses including public humiliation, arbitrary imprisonment, sustained harassment, and seizure of property. Just to preserve 'true' Communist ideology. The madness finally ended and In 1981, the Communist party recognized that the Cultural Revolution was "responsible for the most severe setback and the heaviest losses suffered by the Party, the country, and the people since the founding of the People's Republic."
From this past the present crimes of the story grow in unexpected ways, and twist in surprising directions, for Margaret and Detective Li Yan.
"Not good enough to continue"
The central "twist" in this book was obvious from very early on, and the set-up was quite clumsy. After two books in the China series, the central characters show no promise of fleshing out to any enjoyable extent.
I very much enjoyed Peter May's Outer Hebrides series but this China series is seriously lacking in interest on most levels.
I am a sucker for a book series, but for the first time I will not be reading one to its conclusion. I am stopping the China series right here.
Builds on the previous book. The author certainly paints a convincing picture of modern China
"Second story a bit of a let down"
I was looking forward to reading the next novel but was a bit disappointed with the way the story kept using the relationship between the main characters - in my opinion it detracted from the story itself. The narration was again superb. It's a "must" read though if you want to read them all.
Really like Peter May's books, empathetically read by Peter Forbes. A strong storyline is complemented by a depth of detail and web of graphic, well paced plots which keep you guessing to the very end.
"Slow start, but made up for it in the end!"
Probably not, but only because I want to read the next book in the series.
Mmmmm difficult to say.
I listened to 'Coffin Road' and agreed with Peter May when he said he couldn't imagine anyone else narrating his books, nor can I.
"Peter May delivers again"
Peter May delivers again keeping your attention from beginning to end, but not a patch on the Lewis trilogy.
"Liked it, but found it a little far fetched."
As usual, impeccably read by Peter Forbes, which I feel must make the audio version of this book better than the print version.
He just makes a perfect job, every time. Voices, pronunciation, all flawless.
Most of Peter May's book bring a tear to my eye from time to time.
Loved the story and the presentation, but found the clues a little heavy handed, by Peter May's standards, so much so that I thought there might even be a huge double bluff. I also found the conclusion a bit far fetched. You always have to be prepared to suspend disbelief with Peter May, but with the Fourth Sacrifice, I thought I had to do this more than usual.
"Another good Peter May book"
Excellent story line and didn't expect the twist. I've now ordered the other Chinese thrillers.
"Another twisting and turning plot"
Continuing the development of his central characters Peter May has taken me again to the streets of Beijing and back in time to the Cultural Revolution.
Masterful storytelling that I couldn't put down.
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