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Midnight in Peking

how the murder of a young Englishwoman haunted the last days of old China

Published by Penguin Books in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

On a frigid morning in January 1937, the mutilated body of a British schoolgirl is discovered at the base of the Fox Tower. Who could commit such a crime? Peking in 1937 is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, opulence and opium dens, rumor and superstition. The Japanese are encircling the city, and the discovery of Pamela Werner's body sends a shiver through an already nervous Peking. Is it the work of a madman? One of the ruthless Japanese soldiers now surrounding the city? Or perhaps the dreaded fox spirits? Was it a case of mistaken identity? Two detectives, British detective Dennis and Chinese detective Han, team up to solve the case, battling time and the meddling of their respective bureaucracies. Historian Paul French spent seven years researching this dramatic true story in Archives in both China and the United Kingdom. Front-page news around the world when the story was first reported, Midnight in Peking at last uncovers the truth behind this notorious murder, and offers a rare glimpse of the last days of colonial Peking. - Jacket flap.

Table of Contents

The approaching storm
The body at the Fox Tower
The police of Peking
Wild dogs and diplomats
The investigation
An old China hand
Armour factory alley
Cocktail hour at the Wagons Lits
Into the Badlands
Of rats and men
Under Peking earth
A respectable man of influence
Radical chic
The element of fire
The rising sun that chills
Journey to the underworld
Chuanpan Hutong
The hunters
Invitation to a party
The wound that wouldn't heal
The writing of midnight in Peking


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HV6535.C43 F74 2012

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x, 260 p.
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