The Firemaker

The Firemaker

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The first of Peter May's electrifying China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell--and the explosive chemistry between them.
"Stunningly original." -- Scotland on Sunday
"Highly recommended." --Larry Gandle, Deadly Pleasures

"A fascinating look at the new China." -- Kirkus Reviews
A grotesquely burned corpse found in a city park is a troubling mystery for Beijing detective Li Yan. Yan, devoted to his career as a means of restoring the respect his family lost during the Cultural Revolution, needs outside help if he is to break the case.

The unidentified cadaver in turn provides a welcome distraction for forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell. Campbell, married to her work and having left America and her broken past behind, throws herself into the investigation and before long uncovers a bizarre anomaly.

An unlikely partnership develops between Li and Campbell as they follow the resulting lead. A fiery and volatile chemistry ignites, exposing not only their individual demons, but an even greater evil--a conspiracy that threatens their lives, as well as those of millions of others.
Publisher: New York : Quercus, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9781681440897
Branch Call Number: FIC MAY
Characteristics: 416 pages
Alternative Title: Fire maker


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Aug 11, 2016

The Fire Maker, first published in 1999, is the first in Peter May's China series. featuring an unlikely couple,a Chinese detective and an American forensic pathologist.Scary stuff. It deals with a big cover-up of the genetic engineering of rice. All too plausible. Well sustained and very well written, it has all the elements of Peter May's meticulous background research and the personal interactions I so enjoy.Page-turning stuff

Mar 14, 2012

This was on my For Later list for a couple of years, and finally I requested it. Wow! I was totally hooked, and sped through all six volumes (to date) in the series in a few weeks. Modern China is portrayed in fascinating detail. The plot is believable and the passionate, troubled relationship between detective Li Yan and pathologist Margaret Campbell kept me turning the pages. If I have one criticism it's that the writing is sometimes subpar-- occasionally the point of view changes mid-paragraph for example--but I could overlook it in my enjoyment of the story.

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