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Midnight in Peking
By Paul French
Penguin Viking
Paperback | 304 pages
9780670080922

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The Midnight in Peking Reading Guide

January, 1937: The murder of a young English woman shook the city of Peking to its core; an investigation was launched and then lost in the tumultuous years of war that followed. Her killer escaped justice – until now.

Seventy-five years later, in Midnight in Peking, Paul French finally gives the case the resolution it was denied at the time, and in doing so he provides a sweepingly evocative account of the end of an era.

About the Author: Paul French studied history, economics and Mandarin in London and has an M. Phil in economics from the University of Glasgow. He is now based in Shanghai as a business advisor and analyst. He is the author of four works of Asian History including Carl Crow: A Tough Old China Hand and Through the Looking Glass: China’s Foreign Journalists from the Opium Wars to Mao and wrote the foreword to Penguin’s Shanghai: A History in Photographs 1842-Today.

N.B. Midnight in Pekingis the reconstruction of a true crime that occurred in 1937 in the Chinese city of Peking. Though based on fact it is written in the style of a novel using a range of traditional literary fiction techniques and is what is now considered creative non-fiction.

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