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Midnight in Peking by Paul French
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Jun 19, 2012

bookshelves: adult, nonfiction, history
Read in January, 2012

This is a fast-paced, true crime, who-done-it about the savage murder of Pamela Werner, the independent minded 20 year old daughter of E.T.C. Werner, a British Diplomat and China scholar. The drama is played out in Peking, one of the last bastions of colonial Europe with an eclectic mix of expats, Chinese and other interested parties. It is a race against time to solve the crime in the middle of warlords, corruption, diplomatic face-saving, and the Japanese on the verge of invasion. Author Paul French does an incredible job of bringing back from obscurity the life and horrific death of a young woman, in a pivotal place and time on history. I read Midnight in Peking in one day and strongly recommend this true crime story!

-Amy O.-

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