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Publisher's Summary

The "Chinaman" understood death.

Jungle-skilled, silent, and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless as his two eldest daughters were raped and killed by Thai pirates. Now, all that was behind him. Quiet, hard-working, and unassuming, he was building up his South London take-away business - until the day his wife and youngest daughter were murdered by an IRA bomb. Then he began to ask the authorities who were the men responsible, what was being done - and was turned away, fobbed off, treated as a nuisance. That was when the Chinaman, denied justice, decided on revenge...and went back to war.

©1992 Stephen Leather (P)2007 Isis Publishing Ltd.

Critic Reviews

" The Chinaman is a gem of a thriller, perfectly constructed and full of the unexpected." ( Library Journal)

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  • Glynn
  • 02-01-2010

New to Stephen Leather

Well I first read the Solitary Man and now went back to this one and found it more gripping. I gave The Solitary Man 5 out of 5 before reading this one and actually found it better. wish audible would allow me to go back to rate this one as 5 and the previous as 4 but actually both deserve 5s! Heartbreaking in parts but stirring in others this book reinforces my thoughts to go through all the stephen leather books on audible.

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  • stew marsden
  • 25-07-2007

At last Stephen Leather on audio!

I have read nearly every Stephen Leather book as they have been published and have constantly scoured the net for them on audio.
The Chinaman is in my opinion one of his best and the audio version certainly doesn't disappoint with Russell Boulters narration being a very pleasent surprise. He does it at just the right pace and carries off all the various accents extremely well.
Although a relatively easy listen this story contains enough twists and detail in the characters to keep the interest going.
I look forward to more of his books on audio soon.

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  • Susan Rogers
  • 16-11-2011

Very pleasant surprise

I admit to not having heard of this author before, however the Chinaman came up on a recommended list. As I'd accrued a number of credits I thought "I'll give it a whirl" - and wow - am I glad I did. The story had me gripped from beginning to end and the narration was amongst the best I've heard. Am not going to search for some more by Stephen Leather - though you've set a high standard to follow!

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  • Abiline
  • 27-09-2010

Highly enjoyable

A fast-paced, well plotted crime thriller. I have enjoyed many of Stephen Leather's books in print, and this was one of the first Audible downloads I bought. It was well worth it, holding my attention throughout and leaving me wanting more.

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  • Street
  • 08-03-2018

One to buy!

Would you listen to The Chinaman again? Why?

Probably not, once the story unfolds there's no point but that said it applies to most books for me.

What did you like best about this story?

Steady build up with a few twists

What does Russell Boulter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Atmosphere - good characterisations and an easy/smooth voice to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Without giving the story away, the main characters reaction to the initial incident

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  • Mr
  • 04-03-2018

Story telling at It best, a classic from Steven Leather

Pure drama, this fast moving book will keep you at the edge of you chairs.

Love it, an oldie but a classic!

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  • robert graham
  • 14-01-2018

enjoyable listen

really enjoyed the story after watching the movie version. in fact I'm surprised how close the movie stayed with the story. It was very well read and the reader kept you involved. I will be looking at other books by the author. My only disappointment was the ending with regards to the title character

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  • Woodster
  • 12-12-2017

Good listen 👍🏼

A good story with a few twists, the narration on the whole is ok but the narrator sometimes sounds like he was speed reading, otherwise a great book.

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  • Pleased customer
  • 15-09-2017

Good original story

Well narrated by an ex "The Bill" actor. Good voices and good story. Extremely recommended.

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  • Mrs J Clarke
  • 07-09-2017

Revisited

I read this book many many years ago, in fact the first Stephen Leather I ever read, and have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. The narration by Russell Boulter is definitely one of, if not THE best narrations I have heard. I might even buy a book just because he us narrating. All round excellent.

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