Author(s): Peter May
Margaret Campbell, a Chicago forensic pathologist, has been invited by the Chinese government to teach at the Beijing police university. She has accepted the six-week assignment with misgivings but is desperate to escape a troubled life in America. Arriving in Beijing, she checks "nothing to declare" on the health declaration they gave her on the plane---nothing, that is, "except a broken heart and a wasted life, neither of which was contagious." She gets off to a bad start when her car knocks senior detective Li Yan off his bicycle. In a furious clash, he dresses her down in perfect English. But Li soon finds himself reintroduced to Margaret by his superiors when the newly promoted detective's first case requires Margaret's special expertise to identify a horribly burned corpse. Thrown together to track down the killer, Margaret and Li must bury their personal and cultural differences when they uncover a conspiracy that threatens not only their lives, but the lives of millions.
Praise for Peter May: He is a terrific writer doing something different. -- Mark Billingham From the first page I knew I was in safe hands. I knew I could trust this writer. -- Sophie Hannah Wonderfully compelling. -- Kate Mosse A true pleasure to read. Guardian Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth. New York Times One of the best regarded crime series of recent years. -- Boyd Tonkin Independent, on the Lewis trilogy Lyrical, empathetic and moving. -- Alex Gray A wonderfully complex book. -- Peter James, on Entry Island May's novels are strong on place and the wounds left by old relationships. Sunday Times Will have the reader relishing every tendency of description and characterization. -- Barry Forshaw Independent Dark, exciting and atmospheric. Scotland on Sunday Powerful and authentic. Glasgow Sunday Herald
Peter May was born and raised in Scotland. He was an award-winning journalist at the age of twenty-one and a published novelist at twenty-six. When his first book was adapted as a major drama series for the BCC, he quit journalism and during the high-octane fifteen years that followed, became one of Scotland's most successful television dramatists. He created three prime-time drama series, presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland as script editor and producer, and worked on more than 1,000 episodes of ratings-topping drama before deciding to leave television to return to his first love, writing novels. He has won several literature awards in France, received the USA's Barry Award for The Blackhouse, the first in his internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy; and in 2014 was awarded the ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year award for Entry Island. Peter now lives in South-West France with his wife, writer Janice Hally.