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The Slaughter Pavilion Hardcover – 5 Sep 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (5 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230014445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230014442
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,510,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An excellent murder mystery set in Beijing during the Olympics...a good story and a fascinating portrait of contemporary China.' -- Literary Review

'Reading this thriller with the Beijing Olympics as a backdrop was a real eye-opener.'
-- Nottingham Evening Post

'Sampson moves deftly through urban and rural locations... Only the most desperate dare to challenge the lies of the state.'
-- The Sunday Times

'This is not only an absorbing mystery, but a fascinating social commentary, and highly recommended'. -- Sunday Telegraph

'not only an outstanding thriller, but also a powerfully informative read. Sampson, a former BBC and Times correspondent in Beijing, peels the lid off a putrid tale of murder and child abduction that is a growth industry in China. Tightly written and quite compelling.' -- Guardian

'very good page-turner of a novel, with a great plot, convincing locales and superb characters. One could want nothing more - except the next in the series.'
-- www.euro-crime.co.uk

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'This is not only an absorbing mystery, but a fascinating social commentary, and highly recommended'.

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Format: Hardcover
I read and enjoyed the Pool of Unease and thought she would improve in her next novel. The book is not bad and I did persevere to the end. I am glad I did but I have to say that I was disappointed; I was hoping for a better book but it was not nearky as good. There were too many unbelievable aspects (as in a lot of novels but there were a few too many in this) and it came together too quickly at the end as if the author had had enough of the book. I rated the Pool of Unease as 3 stars but I did say that I was torn and I would have made it 3.5 if I could. This is clearly a 2 star book for me I am sorry to say.
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Format: Paperback
I've enjoyed Catherine Sampson's three previous novels very much, but with THE SLAUGHTER PAVILION she truly comes into her own. The main character from the first three books, Robin Ballantyne, appears only briefly. Here, the setting is China and the main emphasis is on the private detective Song, and to a lesser extent his colleague Wolf and his new employee Blue, three characters who all appeared in the previous book, THE POOL OF UNEASE.
Song, Wolf and Blue are all struggling with their individuality. They aren't conformists, yet are living in a highly repressive society in which information is censored, anyone could be a party spy, every mobile phone call could be traced, and the slightest deviation from the norm could result in years in a re-education facility or worse. At the same time, most of China's population is impoverished and people's human rights are non-existent. An example used here is that much of Beijing is being razed in order to build offices and tower blocks. None of the inhabitants and local business people have any redress, but simply have to clear out of their rooms when they hear the bulldozers approach, taking with them what possessions they can. One course that is open to people who suffer an injustice is that they are allowed to write petitions. If enough people sign, the petition is seen by the police and some investigation is supposed to follow.
THE SLAUGHTER PAVILION opens with Song refusing to take on the case of a peasant who tries to hire him to investigate why his petition, about the death of his young daughter, has been ignored by the authorities. Terrified at having his business closed down, Song refuses to help - and tragedy rapidly ensues.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a very good thriller, which also takes a thoughtful look at contemporary China. The characters are interesting and realistic. The scenes where a woman from China visits London for the first time are so insightful and convincing - there are many small details like that - which do not slow the cracking pace of the story.
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