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Different with style,
This review is from: The Fourth Sacrifice (Mass Market Paperback)
I'm only 7 years behind the times but, eventually, I have caught up with Peter May in this second novel reprising his two central characters from the first novel, The Firemaker.
I haven't read the first and you don't need to in order to establish an empathy with Li Yan and Dr. Margaret Campbell. Better still, is the author's ability to bring to life some of the past history of China, from the Terracotta Warriors to the Cultural Revolution, both periods of which are central to the two parallel storylines.
The hunt for a killer or killers brings the two main characters together again and their interaction lends the story a great human touch as they both try to come to terms with their previous breakup. Muscling into this situation is a TV archaeologist falling for Margaret whilst Li Yan looks on in desperation. But life (and death) goes on which provides for an excellent look into the workings of the Chinese police procedures compared to the American way and a gripping ending as the killer is finally revealed - but not before shots are fired with fatal results. A great read.