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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By Caroline on 09-02-13
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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By Christian on 07-04-13
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 My experience was enhanced by having read other historical documents from this era of Peking, but the political inner turmoil as documented here through the lens of a suspicious murder, corrupt officials and chinese folklore was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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By Anniebligh on 05-04-16
Credit to Paul French for the writing
A great many Imperial Brits have had little to make them proud people. Protection and cover up in the past is just as horrible as it is today.
This is a story that had to be told. What I found so interesting was how much was discovered during the tumultuous '30's as Japan was invading China.
If not already done, this cries out to be made into a good mini series. A movie would have to delete too much detail.
China at the time was a home to Russians having escapied the Revolution, Germans the increasing horror of the Nazis, the fall of Emperors, the rise of greedy capitalists and the hopes of the Red Army and the Long March. All this and the old Triads. In amongst all of this one young woman is murdered. This is her story.
By Susan on 20-11-12
true story fascinating
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the top 8
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really wanted to find out how it ends
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Description of old Peking and the Fox tower
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