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
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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