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Diane Wei Liang was born in China in 1966, the year the Cultural Revolution began. She was studying at Beijing University in the 1980s but was forced to leave and continue her studies in the USA because of her involvement in the students' revolt that led to the Tiananmen Square massacre. She now lives in London, where she teaches business management at Royal Holloway, and is married with two small children.
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May 2008 Crime/Whodunit Book of the Month. These are really lovely novels with wonderful insight in to China’s history and great characters who are sharp and funny and intuitive. China is a country where the new and old will always intertwine and as Mei Wang investigates the disappearance of a young starlet she finds herself searching from the glamorous high rises of Beijing to the old alleys of the city full of their old superstitions and traditions.
This is the author's first venture in to fiction and it is thoroughly absorbing. The details about China and it’s history are fascinating as well as the characters being interesting and original. Mei Wang is the private detective hired to track down a Han dynasty jade that went missing years before, soon she finds herself more personally involved in the case than she expected. A delightful read.
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