The Devil of Nanking by Mo Hayder
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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.
 

About Mo Hayder

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Mo Hayder has worked as a barmaid, security guard, filmmaker, hostess in a Tokyo nightclub, and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. She has MAas in filmmaking and creative writing.
 
Published February 24, 2011 by Grove Press. 484 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Hayder ratchets up the tension as Grey gets closer to the gruesome secret of Fuyuki’s medicine, and as Shi Chongming’s diary chronicles his ordeal in Nanking.

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A superb third thriller from Hayder (The Treatment, 2001, etc.), who sends a troubled young Englishwoman to Tokyo in search of evidence about a half-century-old war crime.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Devil of Nanking: A Novel

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From its start in 1937, as the Japanese overrun the Chinese port of Nanking and massacre hundreds of thousands, to its narrative core in 1990, as a disturbed young British woman who calls herself Grey searches for the hidden truths that made her the mentally fragile person she is, Hayder's third ...

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Hayder intersperses Chongming's diary from the Japanese invasion with Grey's increasingly hysterical account of her detective work, building the unimaginable on top of the unthinkable.

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Entertainment Weekly

One of the characters in Mo Hayder's dazzling The Devil of Nanking tries this last trick, and soon his entrails are strung through the trees like party streamers.

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In short: Petrov loses his memory, loses the girl and for the delicious remainder of this strangely lovely book tries to find her again, piecing together a bizarre and macabre mystery using faculties (like intuition and empathy) that weren't previously in his repertoire.

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