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Midnight in Peking by Paul French
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Jun 08, 2012

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Similar to Erik Larson's books, which I like, Paul French views the social, political, and cultural environmnet through the prism of a "true crime." The armed conflict between the Chinese Nationalist and Communist factions allowed the Japanese to conquer and occupy much of northern China in the years before WWII. As the Japanese were poised to take over Peking, life in the English and American enclaves continued as usual. When the murder and mutilation of the 19-year-old daughter of a retired diplomat and scholar shakes the ex-pat community, it's evident that danger can come from within as well as outside the enclave. A good read, especially if you liked, Devil in the White City or Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil.

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