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Publisher's Summary

The fourth China Thriller, from the million-selling Peter May - author of the Richard and Judy best seller The Blackhouse

Suffocated

A vehicle crammed with dozens of dead Chinese immigrants is found in Southern Texas. Pathologist Margaret Campbell must put aside her horror and find out why. 

Summoned

Detective Li Yan - an even more unwelcome memory for Campbell - has arrived stateside to investigate a link in the case to a lucrative trade in illegal labourers. 

Snakehead

Yan and Campbell will soon find that the crime scene hides another secret: a biological time bomb linking traffickers, politicians and migrants in Beijing, Washington and Texas - posing multiple countries one very singular threat. 

©2012 Peter May (P)2017 Quercus Editions Limited

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loved it all, a great story, as usual, beautifully read, with some humorous conversation lines. Recommend highly

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Another compelling story in the China series

Without being in China at all this book deals with the dangers confronting illegal immigrants wherever they may be.

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  • Pamela H.
  • 30-08-2019

Margaret is the “ugly American” in print.

I keep reading this series because of the interesting plot lines. With each book I come to like Margaret less and less. So selfish and entitled to be mean and rude, disrespectful and argumentative. She has hints of a drinking problem so hopefully she’ll soften during her alcohol-free pregnancy.

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  • D. Archer
  • 18-11-2017

Highly enjoyable

Really enjoyable book and series. The twists and turns, though in places predictable, are fast paced and give the reader new philosophical and scientific avenues to explore and question within themselves. The love story lines are certainly not May's strongest areas of writing and characters are often squarely fixed into their stereotypes, but he provides a great piece of escapism for all to enjoy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-2019

Not very good at all

Had been pushing on with this series but did not like this one at all. Although I feel like the romance aspect has been played out a bit too long, I started to notice that some of the language used to describe the lead female had become a bit gratuitous and salacious. Also, while none of the stories have been exactly realistic, this just felt like a total parody- predictable to the last. So that’s it.

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  • Ms
  • 25-05-2018

okay, just confirmed my view of the China series

A very boring and predictable story. The character of Margaret has become rather pathetic and unbelievable, an insult to professional women working in male-dominated work environments. The relationship between Margaret and Lee is unrealistic and the sexual encounter using the horse analogy was cringeworthy. I've listened to the early China stories and as they have progressed I've become more and more irritated by the characters and their unbelievable behavioural characteristics and stupidity.

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  • Mike T.
  • 22-07-2020

Done with this series.

Stupid and unrealistic characters acting in REALLY stupid and unrealistic ways. Apart from the "Spanish Flu" theme surprisingly simplistic writing. Peter May can do better than this. Done with this series.

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  • Christine W
  • 20-11-2020

Enjoying the series!

Curious where Margaret and Lee will end up next. I’m enjoying this series, and have already started the next book.

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  • Mrs J Andrew
  • 07-10-2020

Scary prospect

Gripping story, particularly in our present situation, brilliantly told and held me to the end

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  • Nigel
  • 04-10-2020

A lot of padding

Generally I.K., but more of a Sunday afternoon T.V. drama than a gripping mystery. The performance by Peter Forbes was excellent as usual, but the story itself was very average, with shades of earlier themes from earlier stories.

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  • Tomboy
  • 18-08-2020

Thrilling!

An absolute page turner from the first page to the last. Relocated to America, from the usual crime investigation stories based in China, Snake Head focuses on an altogether different crime which is no less thrilling than the previous novels in the series. While sometimes wishing to smack a bit of sense into the wonderful central characters of Lee and Margaret, one can't help but love these characters who are both infuriating, fascinating, human, sensitive and funny, and beautifully drawn by Peter May. You find yourself rooting for them at every turn and wanting them to succeed in every sense because they're intelligent and perceptive yet prone to the fears and passions, concerns and pains, doubts and questions from which we all suffer. They're deeply human, flawed humane and touching characters. Read magnificently by Peter Forbes, as always, the story sprints along at a rapid pace throughout and just when you think it couldn't become more breathless in its pacing, it does! Snake Head gives meaning to the term used to describe such novels and stories: thriller. Once started, l couldn't put this book down - so to speak. Cannot wait now to listen to the next story in the series, Runner.

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  • Mrs S K de Verenne
  • 07-04-2020

Good series

Have really enjoyed the whole series and the delivery is very good. Though a strange tale to read during the coronavirus epidemic it’s still a very good tale.

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  • E. Umbers
  • 02-03-2020

Great Listen

Thoroughly enjoyed all of the China Series. This is another great listen from author Peter May and brilliant narration from Peter Forbes.

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