The Devil of Nanking: A Novel by Mo Hayder
|December 15 2009|
"A haunting, lyrical, disturbing, important, suspenseful, wonderfully written and beautiful book. You will love reading it." -- Harlan Coben
"Served up with explicit gore that is not for the faint-hearted . . . as the author urgently addresses basic, agonizing existential issues." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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.
Hardcover: 368 pages
Grey has come to Tokyo in pursuit of a past she doesn’t understand, searching for a lost piece of film supposedly taken during the infamous Nanking Massacre in 1937. But the only man who can help her won’t. Increasingly desperate in an alien city, Grey takes a job at an unsavoury club. There, one terrifying customer, rumoured to possess a secret health elixir, becomes suddenly interested in her. Now Grey is about to uneart the horror that links the present with the past.
A finalist for three British Crime Writers’ Association Dagger awards, The Devil of Nanking is a harrowing look at life, death and the relentless power of the past.
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