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The Runner: Yan & Campbell 5 [Format Kindle]

Peter May

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A top Chinese swimmer kills himself on the eve of the Beijing Olympics. Days later, an Olympic weightlifter dies in the arms of his Beijing mistress. With the world's eyes on China, official explanations are provided in order to reassure the other competing athletes - but could it be that someone is engineering the deaths?

Detective Li Yan finds that the only person willing to talk is a champion female runner. But she will only trust one person: the American pathologist, and Li's fiancée, Dr Margaret Campbell. When the runner herself disappears, Li Yan's enemies are set to ruin both his career and his relationship. Li must chase the runner down - before the killers catch up with him.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 574 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 318 pages
  • Editeur : Quercus (15 novembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent police procedural 5 février 2010
Par Harriet Klausner - Publié sur
As China prepares to host the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the country is filled with pride and excitement even though traffic will be stopped for the Games. However, as the countdown begins to the contests, gold medal contender Sui Mingsham is found dead by the pool; an apparent suicide. Soon afterward an Olympic weightlifter is found dead. Three more top level athletes have also died.

Pressure is on Beijing police Section Chief Li Yan to solve ASAP what appears to be the work of a serial killer as five accidents/suicides seems improbable before nations pull out of the Games out of fear for the safety of their athletes. He asks his pregnant American fiancée forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell for help on solving the deaths that he believes are murders. Complicating their lives is his father and her mother have come to Beijing for the wedding.

This is a great entry in one of the best police procedurals on the market today. The story line is faster than Usain Bolt can run the 100 yet also contains a deep look at Beijing on the brink of hosting the Olympics. The lead couple is a terrific pair as their cross Pacific romance grows stronger. Fans will relish this super saga while seeking the backlist that includes The Firemaker, Snakehead and Chinese Whispers (which apparently occurs after The Runner since the lead pair has a baby son in that tale).

Harriet Klausner
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Cultural Backdrop, Good Mystery, Couple of Flaws 2 août 2010
Par M. Hummel - Publié sur
Once again, Peter May puts together a strong mystery while illuminating key cultural differences between China and the USA. He also paints a fascinating picture of how China has "opened" up to a capitalist economy while maintaining its authoritarian communist political structure. The relationship between quixotic Chinese cop Li Yan and cranky but brilliant forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell continues to provide interest, although their utter lack of communication at times needs to be better explained. I also liked the touch of having each of them dealing with a difficult parent in the book as they prepare for the wedding.

If there is a flaw in these books it is the author's need to tie up all the loose ends by killing off all the bad guys at the end. There is a killing in just the last few pages that seems tacked on and confusing in light of the dead man's character. I've read four of these thrillers, and there's always a wild, overly violent series of killings at the end, with little explanation of what happened to our main characters. I suppose this is designed to keep us reading the next one, but it leaves you feeling unsettled at the very end, and seems overly sensationalized.

I also think the science involved is very far out, futuristic, but I suppose it's possible.

Overall, the two main characters are very strong, but we could use more scenes with them together to develop their relationship for the reader, and the ending is a little confusing. But the cultural differences are fascinating and the picture of 21st century Beijing (with the necessary historical background to help us follow it) are worth these other flaws.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sports Medicine 9 avril 2010
Par Ted Feit - Publié sur
There are two mysteries running though this excellent novel. The first involves a series of deaths of top Chinese athletes just prior to a competition with the United States. The second involves the on-again-off-again romance between Section Chief Li Yan and the American pathologist, Margaret Campbell, who is almost in her ninth month of pregnancy and carrying his child,

It remains for the combined sleuthing of the pair to determine whether or not the deaths of the six top-rated athletes are a coincidence or something much more sinister. At the same time, will their planned marriage in two weeks take place? Tune in and find out.

Overall, it is a provocative story, keeping the reader on the edge of his/her seat on both themes. At the same time, the author provides interesting insights into Chinese culture and society, as well as the clashes among other characters. Well-written and well worth reading, and recommended.

[The book has been simultaneously published in a trade paperback edition, ISBN 978-1590587119, $14.95.]
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Peter May at his best 28 juillet 2013
Par mary allen - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The attention to detail as in all of this series was great I feel if I went to Bejing I would know where I was. His research is meticulous. In saying that I found the book very hard to put down. Peter May has the amazing talent of drawing the reader in. Another wonderful story in the series. I just had to get the next one. Is't wireless the best thing? Straight on to the next book.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 14 novembre 2014
Par Tawa Rabbit - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Kept me interested right up to the last page. Learnt a lot about modern China.
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