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Paper Butterfly

by Diane Wei Liang

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

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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.

Paper Butterfly Synopsis

Deep in the outback of China, prisoner 3424 is released from camp and seven years of gruelling work in the mines. A young man named Lin, he was imprisoned for activism in the protests at Tiananmen Square. His student ideals were crushed, and now he makes his long way back to Beijing.

In the heart of the city, private detective Mei Wang is hired on the case of a missing person by talent magnate Mr Peng, a contact of her glamorous sister Lu. The subject in question is Kaili, a gorgeous young pop star, whose life was not as glittering as it first appeared.

As the case rapidly slides into murder, Mr Peng chooses a corporate cover-up over the risk of finding out too much of the messy truth. But Mei is compelled by her instincts to do just that, and is drawn on a trail that takes her from the high rises and boulevards into the old hutong district, where superstitions are very much alive.

Following a mysterious clue in a beautiful handmade paper butterfly, she uncovers events that take her back to her own memories of the heady days of Tiananmen that ended so brutally. Mei was lucky – Lin not so – but she plunges into the risky game of investigating the truth in a new society still catching up with the secrets of its past.

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ISBN: 9780330447768
Publication date: 02/05/2008
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780330447768
Publication date: 2nd May 2008
Author: Diane Wei Liang
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
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About Diane Wei Liang

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.   Photograph © Jerry Bauer

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