Midnight in Peking

  • by Paul French
  • Narrated by Crawford Logan
  • 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Paul Frenchs’ Midnight in Peking, a gripping, true murder mystery story read by the actor Crawford Logan.
Who killed Pamela Werner? On a frozen night in January 1937, in the dying days of colonial Peking, a body was found under the haunted watchtower. It was Pamela Werner, the teenage daughter of the city’s former British consul, Edward Werner. Her heart had been removed. A horrified world followed the hunt for Pamela’s killer, with a Chinese-British detective team pursuing suspects including a blood-soaked rickshaw puller, the Triads, and a lascivious grammar school headmaster. But the case was soon forgotten amid the carnage of the Japanese invasion...by all but Edward Werner. With a network of private investigators and informers, he followed the trail deep into Peking’s notorious Badlands and back to the gilded hotels of the colonial Quarter. Some 75 years later, deep in the Scotland Yard archives, British historian Paul French accidentally came across the lost case file prepared by Edward Werner.
Unveiling an undercover sex cult, heroin addicts, and disappearing brothels, the truth behind the crime can now be told - and is more disturbing than anyone could imagine. Not just the unpause-able story of a savage murder, Midnight in Peking is a sweepingly evocative account of the end of an era.

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Incredible story

I can really recommend this book for anyone who enjoys crime investigations especially ones with a historical perspective. The story recounted here is incredible - all the more so given that it is a true one. The book also includes interesting descriptions of life in Peking at the time especially for the numerous foreigners who lived there for a whole host of different reasons, which was really fascinating.
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- Caroline

Exciting

Without a doubt one of the better audiobooks in my audible library. The subject matter, the setting, the narrative pace and the extraordinarily gifted reader all blend together to form an unforgettable listening experience.



This is one of the few audiobooks that I know I'll return to in a year or so. My experience was enhanced by having read other historical documents from this era of Peking, but the political inner turmoil as documented here through the lens of a suspicious murder, corrupt officials and chinese folklore was just tremendously enjoyable.
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- Christian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-10-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd