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Dragon Games by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Dragon Games

Part of the The China Trilogy Series
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A darkly captivating, tense, and beautifully written tale, that explores fear and the innermost thoughts and feelings of hearts and minds. This is the second in the ‘China’ series, and I really do recommend starting with the wonderful Whispering Shadows. Paul Leibovitz finds himself on an emotional collision course as he battles for justice in China. His girlfriend Christine, is connected to China in a way that, even with all of his knowledge of the East, Paul can not understand, and their two stories, twist around each other, separated, yet together. The prologue surprised me, it is a tormented and heartbreaking lament, the voice reappears during the novel, absolutely haunting in it’s intensity. I found myself connecting to characters who are just a whisper on the page, feeling their pain and confusion. Jan-Philipp Sendker paints a vividly striking picture of a different world, yet he doesn't pass judgement, instead allowing you to watch, listen and learn. ‘Dragon Games’ hovers on a honed knife edge of tension, it’s a deeply moving story, and slowly seeped into my soul. ~ Liz Robinson

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Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in The China Trilogy, Whispering Shadows. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Sarah Tilley - 'A fascinating read and very well written... I was completely absorbed.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I really enjoyed the setting of the book and the author writes so beautifully even if he is describing Paul's friend Zhang preparing a meal or the hustle and bustle of travelling in the area , you really feel like you are there and I loved that!'
  • Jan Kirkcaldy - 'An unusually sad yet ultimately compelling start to this book almost put me off reading on but it ultimately turned into one of the best I’ve read in recent years.'
  • Emma Barton - 'This is an interesting book giving a real insight into how industry and commerce work in modern day China and how the past still haunts many people.'
  • Judith Smith - 'This is a compelling, page turning story, not to be missed.'
  • Joan Sidwell - 'Whispering Shadows is a brilliant book, beautifully written with a gripping narrative...A mystery, a thriller, a travelogue, but also, and very importantly, a book about love, friendship, trust, hope and redemption, this book encompasses everything you could want.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'If you like intriguing plots, engaging characters, real-life issues, and the emotional turmoil of losing a loved one, all wrapped up into a (small ‘p’) political drama, this one is very definitely for you.'
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'The story has equal parts crime thriller, romance and view of China's Cultural Revolution, this novel is at heart, a story about the burden of survival. It packs a punch.' 
  • Jo-anne Atkinson - 'Masterful fusion of emotional turmoil and exciting thriller....  Sendker is a truly talented writer and this book is haunting in so many ways.'
  • Catherine Bryce - 'A gripping novel covering various writing genres which keeps your attention to the very last page.'
  • Linda Hill - 'A novel of intrigue and trust set in a post revolutionary China.'
  • Sue Broom - 'A fascinating setting, vividly described, with intriguing insights into China’s rapid change over recent decades... I thoroughly enjoyed my fleeting immersion into a very foreign culture.'
  • Tracey Poulter - 'This beautifully written novel is not simply a murder mystery story as it delves into the meaning of love and friendship, forgiveness and redemption, secrets and lies.'

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Dragon Games by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Paul Leibovitz is 53, living in Hong Kong, deeply in love with the city, its culture, and most of all, Christine. When a fortune teller predicts the death of someone she loves, however, the pair are once again thrust into the murky criminal world of Hong Kong and forced to fight for their lives. We learn the details of Christine's dark family history which is mired in the horrors and iniquities of Mao's cultural revolution and now her brother and his family who are living in rural China are victims of a very modern ecological scandal that is every bit as terrifying as past atrocities.

About the Author

Jan-Philipp Sendker

Jan-Philipp Sendker lives in Berlin with his family. He was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, his first novel, was an international bestseller, and he’s the author of A Well- Tempered Heart, Whispering Shadows and its sequel Dragon Games. He is currently at work on the third novel set in Hong Kong.

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Publication date

29th September 2016


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Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General


304 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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