Three corpses: drugged, labeled, and brutally beheaded; a trail that Detective Li Yan has to follow. He and forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell have been trying to deny the attraction that nearly destroyed both their careers. But when a fourth victim is found, they have no choice but to work together to track down the truth and to hunt down a ruthless killer. The Fourth Sacrifice is the second in the acclaimed China series from Peter May, author of Runaway, Entry Island and the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy.
©2000 Peter May (P)2015 WF Howes
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"Peter May is an author I'd follow to the ends of the earth." ( New York Times)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Hurtlejolt on 05-09-16

Liked it, but found it a little far fetched.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Fourth Sacrifice to be better than the print version?

As usual, impeccably read by Peter Forbes, which I feel must make the audio version of this book better than the print version.

What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

He just makes a perfect job, every time. Voices, pronunciation, all flawless.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Most of Peter May's book bring a tear to my eye from time to time.

Any additional comments?

Loved the story and the presentation, but found the clues a little heavy handed, by Peter May's standards, so much so that I thought there might even be a huge double bluff. I also found the conclusion a bit far fetched. You always have to be prepared to suspend disbelief with Peter May, but with the Fourth Sacrifice, I thought I had to do this more than usual.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Roderic on 09-10-15

Not good enough to continue

The central "twist" in this book was obvious from very early on, and the set-up was quite clumsy. After two books in the China series, the central characters show no promise of fleshing out to any enjoyable extent.

I very much enjoyed Peter May's Outer Hebrides series but this China series is seriously lacking in interest on most levels.

I am a sucker for a book series, but for the first time I will not be reading one to its conclusion. I am stopping the China series right here.

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