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The Firemaker: The explosive crime thriller from the author of The Enzo Files (The China Thrillers Book 1)

Peter May

5 Reviews

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China Thrillers, China, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

The first of Peter May's CHINA thrillers featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American pathologist Margaret Campbell, reissued in paperback.


A grotesquely burned corpse found in a city park is a troubling mystery for Beijing detective Li Yan. Yan, devoted to his career as a means of restoring the respect his family lost during the Cultural Revolution, needs outside help if he is to break the case.


The unidentified cadaver in turn provides a welcome distraction for forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell. Campbell, married to her work and having left America and her broken past behind, throws herself into the investigation, and before long uncovers a bizarre anomaly.


An unlikely partnership develops between Li and Campbell as they follow the resulting lead. A fiery and volatile chemistry ignites: exposing not only their individual demons, but an even greater evil - a conspiracy that threatens their lives, as well as those of millions of others.

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Praise for The Firemaker: The explosive crime thriller from the author of The Enzo Files (The China Thrillers Book 1)

  • Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth. - New York Times

  • May's novels are strong on place and the wounds left by old relationships. - Sunday Times

  • He is a terrific writer doing something different. - Mark Billingham

  • From the first page I knew I was in safe hands. I knew I could trust this writer. - Sophie Hannah

  • Stunningly original, highly topical and extremely well-written. - Scotland on Sunday

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Peter May

Peter May was born and raised in Scotland. He was an award-winning journalist at the age of twenty-one and a published novelist at twenty-six. When his first book was adapted as a major drama series for the BBC, he quit journalism and during the high-octane fifteen years that followed, became one of Scotland's most successful television dramatists. He created three prime-time drama series, presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland as script editor and producer, and worked on more than 1,000 episodes of ratings-topping drama before deciding to leave television to return to his first love, writing novels.

In 2021, he was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. He has also won several literature awards in France, received the USA's Barry Award for The Blackhouse, the first in his internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy; and in 2014 was awarded the ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year award for Entry Island. Peter now lives in South-West France with his wife, writer Janice Hally.

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