The Devil of Nanking
With the redolent atmosphere of Ian Rankin and the spine-chilling characters of Thomas Harris, Mo Hayder's The Devil of Nanking, takes the reader on an electrifying literary ride from the palatial apartments of yakuza kingpins to deep inside the secret history of one of the twentieth century's most brutal events: the Nanking Massacre.
Rape of Nan ...more
Three voices have entered my head.
Grey: is a personally troubled, young student from London, with a highly unstable past and a vested interest in her research of war atrocities, most notably the 1937 Nanking Massacre. She has come to Tokyo in search of Shi Chonming, a Nanking survivor, who Grey believes ...more
Surely there are good and bad people in every culture. But the bad Japanese? These are in a league of their own. I have read accounts and seen documentaries of Japanese POW camps. Their torture techniques were elaborately conceived to not only inflict physical agony but also emotional degradation.
Now google Nanking if you dare. The images are straight out of hell.
Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children massacred in 1937. The lucky ones were killed immed ...more
It's hard to believe this is the same author as "Ritual" which was exciting but certainly not written at this level of detail. I completely trusted the world and characters this author has created.
I don't give 5 stars very often and though this had a few holes (mostly to do with wanting more details but not needing them) "Devil of Nanking ...more
That being said, this is a well written and fascinating crime thriller/historical novel.
The author does everything right. She builds suspense and tension. She writes beautifully. The characters are weird and memorable. There are plenty of surprises and strange rev ...more
The main character is a bit peculiar (another Hayder staple) but suits the story well. The dialogue is well-written and rea ...more
One has knowledge from participation and the other far removed, and somewhat sanitized, by the printed page. But, when it com ...more
É baseado num episódio da história da humanidade – o massacre e tortura de milhares de chineses, pelo exército imperial japonês, durante a invasão da cidade de Nanquim, em 1937.
A acção desenrola-se, capítulo a capítulo, entre a cidade chinesa e Tóquio 50 depois, onde encontramos Grey, uma jovem inglesa, que procura um filme que relata um episódio do massacre.
É um livro muito bem escrito e muito complexo, que expõe ...more
Mo spent time being an escort in Tokyo, so she knows what she's talking about. I think this is a fantastic book, mostly because it's so different from her other stuff. Really shows amazing range on her part. My only quibble is that as horrible as the twist is, it's not as horrible as I was expecting, but that's only because I always expect something nasty from this author. And I mean nasty in a good way, not nasty like when your mother tells you not to touch something.
Highly re ...more
O ponto de partida do livro são os crimes da guerra genocida perpetrados pelo exército imperial japonês em Nanquim, durante a guerra com a China entre 1937 e 1938, e em que foram cometidas inúmeras atrocidades, como estupros, saques sistemáticos, torturas macabras, incêndios criminosos e execução de prisioneiros civis e militares, num compêndio de violência generalizada e atroz ...more
She goes to Tokyo in her quest for a film she believes exists and very quickly her adventure turns unsavoury.
The audio version is split between the voice of Grey and Shi Chongming, an elderly Chinese professor at a Japanese university who Grey believes is in possession of the film she seeks.
I really enjoyed this thriller ...more
While it was gripping, I took my time reading this book because it was not one of those read-it-and-get-it-done-with-so-that-I-can-say-that-I've-read-this kind of books. It contains a lot of disturbing subject matter, so definitely not for the weak of heart.
I was really fascinated by the characters, though I sometimes found it frustrating that the writer builds suspense, and then reveals so little by little that I'd be thinking, "Oh come on just spill it al ...more
Hayder writes a book with feeling and a good attempt at "the thriller," but ultimately falling short o ...more
Ever since then Grey has been obsessed with proving that that atrocity ...more
Grey had read in a book with an orange cover some harrowing account ...more
It's been a day since I read The Devil of Nanking by Mo Hayder, and I still don't know how I feel about it. Know that the novel is NOT for the faint of heart; it is quite graphic in its depiction of the slaughter on Nanking.
It is also moving. The story of Shi Chongming is compelling, sad, and just plain awful. Grey is obsessed by the massacre that occurred in Nanking. She's waited nine years, seven months and eighteen days to see Shi Chongming after researching every little reference ab ...more
Having read Hayder twice before (Birdman, The Treatment), I was expecting two things--for Nanking to be gruesome in uncomfortable ways and for her to pull no punches with her characters. It's something I've enjoyed immensely in her reads before. In Nanking, not only does she pull punches on her central characters but she pulls them in the plot, biding then building toward a fi ...more
Mo lives in Bath with her daughter Lotte-Genevieve.
* Jack Caffery