I absolutely loved “Death in Shanghai” . This is a fantastic thriller / murder mystery. Quite dark and definitely atmospheric it brings two odd detective characters together, one of which is Russian. That is particularly interesting as he provides an unusual and very interesting focal point to portray world politics of the times (1928) as well as a unique perspective of the location, Shanghai.
The body of a blonde is washed up on the Beach of Dead Babies, in the heart of the smog-filled city. Seemingly a suicide, a closer inspection reveals a darker motive: the corpse has been weighed down, it’s lower half mutilated…and the Chinese character for ‘justice’ carved into the chest.
The moment Inspector Danilov lays eyes on the dismembered body, he realises that he has an exceptional case on his hands. And when the first body is followed by another, and another, each displaying a new, bloody message, he has no option but face the truth. He is dealing with the worst kind of criminal; someone determined, twisted…and vengeful.
Death in Shanghai is the first novel in M J Lee’s Inspector Danilov series, perfect for fans of Philip Kerr.
Historical details are woven into the plot, adding historical interest. A great plot and smooth writing make for a great reading pleasure. A writer to watch.