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The Killing Room by Peter  May
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Aug 31, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: mystery, asian
Read in February, 2010

A wonderful taste of China, a nice, tightly plotted mystery, but a truly annoying female protagonist. After all, if you're going to live in China, how bright is it to deliberately antagonize public officials? Doing everything you can to alienate people isn't feisty, or independent, it's aggressive, annoying, and in a foreign country where you haven't bothered to learn even the simplest of phrases in the language, it's criminally stupid.
This is one of those books where the reader is screaming at the characters the entire way through the book, because it's inconceivable that a person with an I.Q. above room temperature would not see the shit storm they're bringing down on themselves. While it's true that some brilliant people have blind spots where most people have common sense, the author needed to show that in other areas to have it be a legitimate explanation for Margaret's woeful lack of insight in dealing with the Chinese. Margaret is an awful lot like the heroines in those B rated slasher movies who know there's a serial killer lurking somewhere, so they gear up with a flashlight that has failing batteries to explore the basement.
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Quadrophenia718 Agreed. Margaret is the WORST.

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