The Firemaker

The Firemaker

Book - 2005
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Margaret Campbell, a Chicago forensic pathologist, has been invited by the Chinese government to teach at the Beijing police university. She has accepted the six-week assignment with misgivings but is desperate to escape a troubled life in America. Arriving in Beijing, she checks nothing to declare on the health declaration they gave her on the plane---nothing, that is, except a broken heart and a wasted life, neither of which was contagious. She gets off to a bad start when her car knocks senior detective Li Yan off his bicycle. In a furious clash, he dresses her down in perfect English. But Li soon finds himself reintroduced to Margaret by his superiors when the newly promoted detective's first case requires Margaret's special expertise to identify a horribly burned corpse. Thrown together to track down the killer, Margaret and Li must bury their personal and cultural differences when they uncover a conspiracy that threatens not only their lives, but the lives of millions.
Published: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2005, c1999.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780312342944
Branch Call Number: F MAY
Characteristics: 353 p. ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Fire maker


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Aug 11, 2016

The Fire Maker, first published in 1999, is the first in Peter May's China series. featuring an unlikely couple,a Chinese detective and an American forensic pathologist.Scary stuff. It deals with a big cover-up of the genetic engineering of rice. All too plausible. Well sustained and very well written, it has all the elements of Peter May's meticulous background research and the personal interactions I so enjoy.Page-turning stuff

Mar 14, 2012

This was on my For Later list for a couple of years, and finally I requested it. Wow! I was totally hooked, and sped through all six volumes (to date) in the series in a few weeks. Modern China is portrayed in fascinating detail. The plot is believable and the passionate, troubled relationship between detective Li Yan and pathologist Margaret Campbell kept me turning the pages. If I have one criticism it's that the writing is sometimes subpar-- occasionally the point of view changes mid-paragraph for example--but I could overlook it in my enjoyment of the story.


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