The Fire Maker by Peter May. Recommended by Joyce – a Bury Reading Group member.
Margaret Campbell is a forensic pathologist. Li Yan is a Beijing detective with a horribly burned corpse on his hands. Neither of them is ready for the consequences of asking the wrong questions about the dead man that lead to the terrifying truth.
“A well written and intriguing crime novel.
Peter May has carefully researched this China thriller’s background. Issues relevant to today’s world are raised and intertwined with the story;- cultural differences, the legacy of Chairman Mao and China’s Revolution, the one child policy (recently abolished but clearly there will be lasting effects) and the pros and cons of the genetic engineering of crops.
The story and the characters are well developed and the ‘chemistry’ between the main characters ( Li Yan , the detective and Dr. Margaret Campbell, a forensic pathologist from America who has just arrived in Beijing to take up a lecturing post but becomes involved in the murder investigation and autopsies) is an interesting dimension carrying the storyline forward.
Recommend as a good read—– with the prospect of more Peter May China thrillers to come in the series.” Joyce