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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455166871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455166879
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,780,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth" New York Times

Peter May is the multi award-winning author of:

- the award-winning Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland;
- the China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell;
- the Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo MacLeod, which is set in France;
and Entry Island (January 2014, Quercus UK) the latest of several standalone books.

He has also had a successful career as a television writer, creator, and producer.

One of Scotland's most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than 1000 credits in 15 years as scriptwriter and script editor on prime-time British television drama. He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels.

Born and raised in Scotland he lives in France.

After being turned down by all the major UK publishers, the first of the The Lewis Trilogy - The Blackhouse - was published in France as L'Ile des Chasseurs d'Oiseaux where it was hailed as "a masterpiece" by the French national newspaper L'Humanité. His novels have a large following in France. The trilogy has won several French literature awards, including one of the world's largest adjudicated readers awards, the Prix Cezam.

The Blackhouse was published in English by the award-winning Quercus (a relatively young publishing house which did not exist when the book was first presented to British publishers). It went on to become an international best seller, and was shortlisted for both Barry Award and Macavity Award when it was published in the USA.

The Blackhouse won the US Barry Award for Best Mystery Novel at Bouchercon in Albany NY, in 2013.


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Intense and fascinating (Good Book Guide on THE FIREMAKER)

'A grisly, gruesome thriller...An accomplished pulse-racer of a novel...This book is more than just a run of the mill whodunit.' Daily Record on CHINESE WHISPERS

A fascinating series, although this book, with its detailed autopsy of the dismembered victims, is not for those with weak stomachs. (The Sunday Telegraph on THE KILLING ROOM)

Stunningly original, highly topical and extremely well written (Scotland on Sunday on THE FIREMAKER)

Is the book any good?The answer is a very solid...yes...it's engaging, topical...and certainly qualifies Peter May as a name to watch. (Shots)

A gripping thriller (The Mirror on THE FIREMAKER)

Fast and exciting...highly topical, this is an entertaining read that will also give its readers food for thought (The Irish Times on SNAKEHEAD)

Peter May opens a window on a vision of the modern Chinese political climate ... an interesting collision of a tremendous collision of cultures. (The Herald on THE KILLING ROOM)

A gripping page-turner which combines edge-of-the-seat suspense with a fascinating picture of modern China making its painful transition to a market economy. (Irish Independent on THE KILLING ROOM)

'An intelligently written book, crafted with confident knowledge of the Chinese police system...Well-researched and superbly handled, the unfolding plot is ingenious.' Aberdeen Press and Journal

A spell-binding and frighteningly realistic tale (Aberdeen Evening Express (Snakehead))

'Intense thriller with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster...An absolutely brilliant thriller which keeps you hooked throughout. One of those rare unmissable reads which are both spine-chilling and terrifying, you won't want to put it down till the final full-stop! Grizzly and grusome, it is wonderfully written so you cannot help but cheer on the leading character.' Dumfries and Galloway Standard on CHINESE WHISPERS

'A grisly, gruesome thriller...An accomplished pulse-racer of a novel...This book is more than just a run of the mill whodunit - think Silence of the Lambs crossed with Quincy.' Daily Record on CHINESE WHISPERS

'Peter May's plot is compelling and the scene-setting takes you into a rapidly changing world.' North Star on CHINESE WHISPERS --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A gripping page-turner which combines edge-of-the-seat suspense with a fascinating picture of modern China' IRISH INDEPENDENT on THE KILLING ROOM. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
Chinese Whispers has all the ingredients for an exiting mystery/adventure story, but Peter May's China thrillers always deliver much more than that. They're beautifully written, the characters and the Chinese locations really come to life. This is the sixth book in this series about Beijing Detective Li Yan and Margaret Campbell, his partner and a pathologist from Chicago. You can start with this one if you haven't read the others, and you'll still enjoy it, although I'm sure you'll want to go back to the first book, The Firemaker, and get to know the characters from the start. Following the turbulent relationship between Li Yan and Margaret as it developes through the series has been one of the best things about the books. I can't wait for the next one!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J on 17 Aug. 2005
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Peter May's thrillers mainly set in present-day China are a refreshing read that usually offer more than a twist or two. Chinese Whispers is no exception. The story revolves around the hunt for a murderer who appears to be copying the horrific crimes of the Victorian Jack the Ripper. The two main characters are the Chinese detective Li Yan and American forensic scientist Margaret Campbell and both their work and personal relationships are intertwinned in the unravelling of the plot. You not only get a crackingly good thriller read but also an insight in Chinese life - a country and culture that is still mainly unknown in Europe. The different ways the police approaches in USA and China are compared and contrasted adds to the enjoyment of Pet May's novels. Chinese Whispers contains some graphic desription of the injuries to the murder victims but it isn't gratuitous. It's hard to say too much without spoiling the story but I can't wait for the next in this particular series. Any filmmakers out there - these books are so visual they ought to be snapped up
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Jan. 2010
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Li Yan, the head of Beijing's serious crime squad, is under the spotlight. His bosses, the media and the public are all demanding answers. A serial killer, calling himself the Beijing Ripper, is copying the murders of the 19th century Jack the Ripper. Any hope of keeping the murders out of the media spotlight ends when a visiting Chinese-American professor is murdered. When American pathologist Margaret Campbell (who is Li Yan's partner and the mother of his son) is invited to perform this autopsy, the results are not what the investigation was anticipating.

Li Yan is also receiving personal letters from the killer, and his life, family and career are under threat. It seems like the killer may have a vendetta against Li Yan and he begins to suspect that someone in the police department is the killer. Unfortunately, Li Yan is fired from his job before he can finish his investigation, which leads him to investigate `unofficially'. Will Li Yan be able to catch the murderer, and prevent more deaths?

This is the sixth novel in a series: I've added the others to my `rainy day' reading list. While I suspect it is preferable to read the novels in order to fully appreciate the characters, this didn't prevent me from enjoying this fast paced and at times quite gruesome novel.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Y Perry on 17 Mar. 2013
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This 6th book is even more compulsive than the other 5! I couldn't put it down yet didn't want it to finish as I knew there wasn't a 7th book. I have followed the troubled relationship of the 2 main characters and feel I know their personalities, such is the effect of the style of writing of the author. I sometimes found the description of the scenery a little flowery and over the top for my tastes, but this was the case with The Lewis Trilogy too and didn't put me off trying the China Thrillers thankfully. Anyone who likes thrillers, detective thrillers in particular, with a bit of history and foreign culture will love this. A cracking read and I am sad there is no book 7.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. H. Scott on 9 July 2004
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Although I have never read any of the other books in this series, I found that I could pick the story up with ease. A killer is replicating Jack the Ripper and Section One chief Li Yan is on a race against time to catch the killer. Really fast-paced and I have to confess sometimes un-putdownable, this kept me glued from start to finish. Some of the descriptions were a bit gory, but I felt necessary to the plotline. The killer was a bit of a surprise and I felt that the ending was a bit more subdued than the fast pace of the rest of the book. A jolly good read though!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By allychris on 8 Jun. 2013
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I have found Peter May and it's wonderful. I started with 'The Lewis man trilogy', and just loved the descriptions and the suspense of the story. I then went onto the China Thrillers and have recommended them to all my family and friends. I have visited Bejing and wish I had read these books before I went. his knowledge of China and the traditions there is incredible and so fascinating. Combine that with a thriller, and the personality of a very traditional Chinese detective and a over emotional, American phorensic scientist and its just brilliant. I can't go on enough about these books and I guarantee once you have started reading Peter May, then you will be a fan. he is so under-rated here in the Uk. I have just started his Enzo books, I hope he keeps writing.
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