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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as gripping as I'd hoped, 18 May 2012
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This review is from: The Firemaker (Paperback)
This book was recommended to me by my Mum when I was looking for something light to read on a long plane journey. It's a murder mystery set in Beijing & follows the story of a Chinese policeman & a visiting American pathologist as they try to solve the crime. Writing as a big fan of a good murder mystery, this one didn't really hook me into the plot as much as others in the genre. The story focuses mostly on the developing relationship between the two main characters & on the social & political history of China than on the mystery itself. I found myself having read about three quarters of the way through and feeling like no progress at all had been made in finding out whodunnit. This meant that in the last section of the book the protagonist relies a bit on sudden hunches, flashes of inspiration & a handy but out-of-the-blue confession to tie the loose ends together.

My Mum enjoyed this one for its commentary on life in China so if that's something you're interested in give it a go. If, however, you are expecting a gripping and meticulously plotted crime novel, there are better than this out there.
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