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The Firemaker 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

  • Title: The Firemaker
  • Author: PeterMay
  • ISBN: 9780312342944
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Firemaker By PeterMay, 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,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.

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    1. I recently read The Blackhouse by Peter May and was glad to be given the opportunity to read his republished earlier work The Firemaker on NetGalley May sets The Firemaker in China of which he has personal knowledge This makes the book both educational and entertaining The descriptions of life in Beijing and Chinese culture are fascinating Margaret Campbell, an American forensic pathologist from Chicago, is invited to teach in Beijing for six weeks She arrives totally unprepared for life in Chin [...]

    2. I have read many of Peter May s latest books and in fact his most recent Coffin Road was the best novel I have read so far this year So when offered the opportunity to read one of his earlier books it was a perfect chance to sample the his series based in China.I enjoy Peter May s writing style, which I have found to be excellent stories interspersed with descriptive text that can often educate as well as entertain This book did just that, set in China it gave an excellent insight into the cultu [...]

    3. Book one in the China thrillers series As usual Peter May gives his readers value for money with this book Before starting this book I new next to nothing about Chinese history or it s culture By the end of the book I was a lot enlightened This starts with the classic East meets West and when they do there s fireworks When Li Yan, a Beijing Policeman and Dr.Margaret Campbell, a visiting forensic pathologist from the USA , meet for the first time it s an instant dislike for both of them Dr Marga [...]

    4. Perhaps I came to this with unreasonable expectations I loved May s Lewis trilogy.Here, he goes even further out of the way to China Good idea But straight black hair and a Chinese name does not a Chinese make.After a good 40 50 pages at the beginning of the novel, in which the cultural differences between China and the west are explored, as soon as the police investigation proper begins, suddenly it is as if none of this had ever been we are presented with any old cop in Chinese clothing Nothin [...]

    5. A burned corpse in a park in Beijing is the beginning of a strange mystery for Beijing detective Li Yan and forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell Together they must work out who the man is if it was suicide or murder And if it was murder, who would want to kill him Since they got on the wrong foot with each other at the first meeting must they also find a way to work together without frictions with is easier said than done.Peter May s Lewis trilogy is one that I truly enjoyed reading so I was q [...]

    6. 3.5 stars rounded up extra half point for audio version.This is a detective thriller romance set in China featuring American pathologist Margaret Campbell Chinese detective Li Yan.I liked the story and the characters Peter May is not afraid to break boundaries and head in to territory from which there is no return And the setting gives it an interesting edge over other books in this genre.I will certainly be reading the next in the series highly recommended.

    7. I like Peter May s Lewis Island books and was really looking forward to this one This is set in China when American forensic pathologist, Margaret Campbell, accepts a short teaching stint at the People s University of Public Security in Beijing She is recovering from a personal tragedy and is cranky, out of sorts and not the least bit interested in China s customs and way of life She just wanted a change of pace and is quite convinced of her American superiority She is a pain to be around Assign [...]

    8. I have been a fan of Peter May ever since I picked up the first book in his Lewis Trilogy, The Blackhouse, a few years ago Whilst none of his books have ever reached the same high, I have enjoyed them all.The Lewis Trilogy will always be my favourite The first one pulled me in and I was so engaged I went out and brought books two and three instantly I thoroughly enjoyed them and promised myself I would read It took me a while, but I finally got hold of Entry Island Like books two and three of t [...]

    9. THE FIREMAKER Police Procedural China Cont VGMay, Peter StandaloneThomas Dunne Books, 2005 HardcoverMargaret Campbell is a Chicago forensic pathologist in China for six weeks to lecture at the Beijing police university Senior Detective Li Yan is newly promoted to Deputy Section Chief This first case is of a man burned to death in a public place Margaret, a specialist in burned victims, performs the autopsy and declares it murder Two other murders follow and at all three is found the stub of a Ma [...]

    10. Peter May s China mysteries have been reissued by Poisoned Pen Press This is good news, because since he first wrote them I have become interested in Chinese culture and life lived in Taiwan, been to China, have a Chinese daughter in law, and a son who speaks Mandarin fluently and spends some summers there as part of his job So this first book in a series of six I found quite exciting, even allowing for the explanations of Chinese culture sprinkled in at some length because the American protagon [...]

    11. Book 1 in the China thrillers introducing Li Yan and Dr Margaret Campbell Dr Campbell arrives in Beijing for a 6 week guest lecture at the Centre of Material Evidence Determination Her first autopsy is on a burn victim found in one of the city s parks and introduces her to Li Yan, a new up and coming Beijing detective A series of suspicious deaths entangled the two in a major crime investigation.A very good beginning to a series by Peter May I look forward to reading .

    12. I got eight percent of the way into this book TBH, I thought I did pretty well to get that far.If you want soap opera melodrama obviousness in a book, you will love this.If you ve read May s Lewis Men trilogy, don t sully the memory by going anywhere near this egregious garbage.

    13. I absolutely loved this It s so very well researched and full of detail Can t wait to pick up the next in the series

    14. A sakra Tak po trilogii z ostrova Lewis docela zklam n , nav c mi pln nesedl form t zpracov n , tedy st d n dvou hlas , kter nebylo zvolen moc vhodn Tak e sp e pr m r.

    15. The Firemaker is part of Peter May s series set in China I have read and loved his books set in Scotland, but somehow had not read any of the China series May tells a great story, and I loved this one, as well I enjoyed reading a mystery in the midst of the complex and diverse life in Beijing.The main character, Margaret Campbell leaves America to get away from some personal problems, but she is not prepared for the cultural differences she finds in Beijing She is stereotypically uninformed, and [...]

    16. A mildly above average boilerplate detective thriller It s interesting in parts but the author insists on hitting you in the face with a sledgehammer like cue for every single major plot reveal It makes the rest of the book a half intriguing half tortuous slog through page after page of Orientalist exposition, half baked Frankenfood conspiracies and a stunningly obnoxious and unlikable central character which the author tries to save about 200 pages too late.The fact that it is set in China oooh [...]

    17. Paani, ja jsem spokojena, bylo to me prvni setkani s autorem a udelala jsem to tak zamerne, trilogie z ostrova Lewis ma udajne byt naprosto neprekonatelna, ale ja si chtela bez pocitu zklamani uzit i knizky dalsi, proto jsem zacala jeho serii z Ciny.Nevim proc, ale kdyz jsem si cetla anotaci, tak jsem si Li Jena predstavila jako stareho detektiva a nechapala, o jake milostne lince to jako vsichni mluvi, to by bylo prece pekne divne, ale hned na zacatku je nastesti vse vysvetleno Tahle cast pribe [...]

    18. I really enjoyed this book the mystery was interesting and well put together, intriguing stuff set against a fascinating cultural backdrop Someone said they felt the pieces of Chinese culture were lectures, but I felt that the book did a great job of explaining major cultural or historical significance without seeming like we were taking a departure to textbook or cultural handbooks Truly the part where Margaret and Li Yan go back and forth on human rights issues is beautifully done a great way [...]

    19. Tak tohle bylo opravdu zklam n Po v born trilogii z ostrova Lewis jsem ekal n co pln jin ho, t il jsem se na nsk re lie atd Bohu el daleko v c jsem si u il milostn ch vzdech americk patolo ky.Tahle kn ka je toti mo n z 10% thriller, z 5% detektivka a zb vaj c ch 85% je v podstat milostn rom nek jako od Danielle Steelov.Za n me docela slibn p jezdem mlad americk doktorky do Pekingu a jej m z polen m s nezn m m kulturn m prost ed m, n kolika z hadn mi vra dami atd Nam sto n jak gradace se ale p b [...]

    20. This one has good points and not so good points, probably in equal measures The author is determined that we should learn lots of things about Chinese culture a bit out of date but not his fault since the book is quite old , about genetic modification he holds very strong views on this and about techniques used in post mortems at least this was really interesting This information is occasionally delivered via dialogue between someone knowledgeable and someone who must live under a rock not to kn [...]

    21. Lewisk trilogie se mi moc l bila zm nou zp sobu vypr v n oproti ostatn m proud m sou asn detektivky Na Mayovu dal s rii, kter Lewisu p edch zela, jsem se t m p dem t ila, a te jsem zklaman , proto e tohle je zase krok zp tky k pr m rnosti Kde jsem na Lewisu obdivovala drsnou atmosf ru, Peking p es v echnu snahu p sobit v rohodn postr dal autenti nost, kter by m vt hla na m sto inu a j si tak mohla p ipadat jako v centru d n Vztah mezi postavami je pln kli , asto se chovaj ne pln logicky, z pletk [...]

    22. I found this book a very interesting read I loved the interplay between Margaret Campbell and LI Yan Learned a lot of how not to act in China through Margaret s mistakes I have read Peter May s The Lewis Trilogy and didn t know what to expect for the Beijing series but May does not disappoint He has well developed characters and many surprises at the end If you are interested in finding out about China s laws and history, then you will be sure to enjoy this book I can t wait to read the 2nd in t [...]

    23. P n ohn namixoval policejn vy et ov n , exotick prost ed , komplikovan mezilidsk vztahy se slu nou porc akce, romantiky a ne ekan ch zvrat do p sobiv ho a chytlav ho celku Stal se tak velmi zda il m vodem do estid ln s rie nsk ch thriller Celou recenzi si m ete p e st zde suzannesworldofbooks cl

    24. Having really enjoyed his Enzo and Lewis series, I am sorry to say I was disappointed in this the first of the novels set in China I liked the first couple of chapters as they set the scene and highlighted the cultural context in which Margaret was going to work but found it difficult to empathise with either of the protagonists and frankly I thought the story meandered quite a lot Not up to Enzo s standard I m afraid I will read the second one to see if I like it any the better.

    25. V hal jsem mezi 3 a 4 hv zdi kami, kniha se etla v born Na stranu druhou je pom rn snadno zam niteln , sch z mi psychologi nost a ponurost Mayovy skotsk trilogie.

    26. 4 starsMargaret Campbell is traveling to China to start a six week stint teaching forensic pathology to students at the university there After her exhausting trip, she is whisked away by a young woman named Lily who is representing the university On the way to meet her boss, the car they are in collides with a police officer The police officer they crashed into just happens to be Li Yan He was on his way to an interview for a promotion He got the promotion to Deputy Section Chief He is first ass [...]

    27. I like Peter May s Lewis Island books and was really looking forward to this one This is set in China when American forensic pathologist, Margaret Campbell, accepts a short teaching stint at the People s University of Public Security in Beijing She is recovering from a personal tragedy and is cranky, out of sorts and not the least bit interested in China s customs and way of life She just wanted a change of pace and is quite convinced of her American superiority She is a pain to be around Assign [...]

    28. PROTAGONISTS Margaret Campbell, forensic pathologist, and Yi Lan, police detectiveSETTING BeijingSERIES 1RATING 4.5WHY Forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell has an assignment to teach a university course in Beijing for 6 weeks She is escaping trauma in her life and doesn t really prepare for her adventure Almost immediately, she is asked by the authorities to assist in the autopsy for a man who was burned to death in a park She works closely with police detective Li Yan, and an unlikely attract [...]

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