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The Devil of Nanking

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Simon Vance, Josephine Bailey

12 Hours 30 Minutes

Tantor Media

July 2005

Audio Book Summary

With the redolent atmosphere of Ian Rankin and the spine-chilling characters of Thomas Harris, Mo Hayder's The Devil of Nanking, takes the reader on an electrifying literary ride from the palatial apartments of yakuza kingpins to deep inside the secret history of one of the twentieth century's most brutal events: the Nanking Massacre.

A young Englishwoman obsessed with an indecipherable past, Grey comes to Tokyo seeking a lost piece of film footage of the notorious 1937 Nanking Massacre, footage some say never existed. Only one man can help Grey. A survivor of the massacre, he is now a visiting professor at a university in Tokyo. But he will have nothing to do with her. So Grey accepts a job in an upmarket nightspot, where a certain gangster may be the key to gaining the professor's trust. An old man in a wheelchair surrounded by a terrifying entourage, the gangster is rumored to rely on a mysterious elixir for his continued health.

Taut, gritty, sexy, and harrowing, The Devil of Nanking is an incomparable literary thriller set in one of the world's most fascinating cities-Tokyo-from an internationally best-selling author.

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  • Jeffrey Monroe

    Mo Hayder is sensational. This early written novel shows her talent in setting the story and delivering the narrative. I have read everything she has published and was glad to read this to compare to her later works. I was not disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    No. Very, very long with a pitiful climax. More like a bad romance novel with a vain attempt to be grotesque at the the end. It is not a thriller in any sense and the only thing harrowing about it is getting through the whole thing. I persevered thinking it had to get better. I was wrong. I have never read Ian Rankin (referred to in the book's description) but this author is no Thomas Harris (Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs). Just No.

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  • Melissa Maurice

    I thought this book was absolutely unusual and multi-faceted. If you are looking for something really memorable and fascinating, this is it. This book is filled with stirring images, some so horrific but delivered with the poetic beauty of this amazing author.

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