As tensions simmer in Shanghai, children go missing…
Shanghai 1932: Inspector Danilov hasn’t recovered from the death of his child… but across a Shanghai riven with communal tensions, children are going missing.
Missing, and then murdered. Who is responsible? Why have the children’s bodies been exhibited for all to see?
Just as Danilov thinks the stakes couldn’t be higher there is a new dimension, Japan, a rising power flexing its muscles. In fractious Shanghai, an explosion is long overdue. With the clock ticking can Danilov and his assistant Strachan solve the case? The fate of Shanghai may be at stake. So is Danilov’s job… And his sanity.
The latest instalment of the Inspector Danilov mysteries will leave you breathless.
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I’ve really come a bit late to the party in that this is my first Inspector Danilov book, oh my! Well all I can say is at least there are three others to go back and catch up on which I surely will do. But do not worry folks this is a book that can easily be read as a stand-alone M J Lee does not over burden the reader with too much backstory but when there is reference it is explained and brief. There is greater reference to the theme of what happened to his son but that is because it helps explain his desire to solve this case and to his emotional state.
The characters are well written as is the plot. This is not any easy read as it does involve the kidnapping and murder of children but it is not overly gratuitous in the telling. This is an ‘old-fashioned’ detective novel in that there is very little scientific aids, given that this novel takes place in 1932, beyond autopsies and fingerprinting. I like that. I like that you are taken into the workings of the detectives mind. Inspector Danilov and Sergeant Strachan are a team with backgrounds that allow their individual skills to compliment each other. Dr Fang, the pathologist, Chief Inspector Rock, head of department, and Miss Cavendish are the accompanying characters around Danilov and Strachan that make up the vital supporting cast.
M J Lee is obviously an experienced writer, he writes other books (which you can check out in the links under the ‘author’ section below), but a very good one – not that he, or his publishers, need me to tell him that! However, readers you may not know – yet – but I hope you take this opportunity to find out because it will be well worth it.
I highly recommend this book it is a fascinating read because of the geographical and historical setting. Shanghai in the 1930s is a multi-cultural, tense, crazy place which adds to the issues detectives may usually have to face and to the atmosphere of the book. Indeed, it makes you wonder how crimes ever got solved but the different ‘codes’ of the various sections of Shanghai mean that ‘justice’ comes in many guises. Add to that the impending storm of war and you get a heady mix which, for me, makes this a terrific read.
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The Killing Time is the fourth gripping mystery in the Inspector Danilov series set in 1930s Shanghai, but it can be read as a stand-alone novel.
Publisher: Canelo 23rd April 2018
M J Lee has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a university researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, TV commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.
He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the north of England, in London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning advertising awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and the United Nations.
While working in Shanghai, he loved walking through the old quarters of that amazing city, developing the idea behind a series of crime novels featuring Inspector Pyotr Danilov, set in the 1920s.
When he’s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, practising downhill ironing, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake, and wishing he were George Clooney.