Based on China's most famous online crime serial, a killer crowd-sources his victims, playing a deadly but ingenious game of cat-and-mouse with the police.
Zhou Haohui was born in 1977 and lives in Yangzhou City, Jiangsu Province. His Death Notice trilogy is China's bestselling crime series. An online TV drama based on the novels has received more than 2.4 billion views, making it one of China's most popular online shows ever. Zac Haluza is the translator of the Death Notice series. He began his translation career in 2014, when his translation of Shooting the Bull won third place in the English category of that year's China International Translation Contest. His other published translations include Never Give Up on Yourself and a short story by Hugo-Award-winning sci-fi author Liu Cixin.
Serial killers turn up all the time in crime fiction, but few are
as patient or as devious as the murderer in Zhou Haohui's Death
Notice. This extraordinary novel is the first in a trilogy... It's
such a gripping story that an online TV series based on the novels
has had more than 2.4 billion views'
A rare example of a Chinese police thriller in translation and if this is the normal quality of what is being produced there, we are in for much in the way of future treats and good reads... A compulsive and particularly ingenious read and a first class mystery... Gifting the reader with more insights into contemporary Chinese culture and background than any magazine, newspaper article or TV documentary could'
Totally gripping and very chilling [and] the ending is pure poetry. This is a full-on thriller from start to finish, a police procedural that revels in pushing against the boundaries of the format... China will turn out to be a fantastic source of new crime writing in the coming few years. For now, the good news is this is the first in a trilogy so there are two more novels to look forward to'
Stuffed full of cryptic clues and red herrings; deception, deviation and dishonesty, which builds into a thoroughly satisfying self-contained story... [The plot is] sneakily seductive, taking an erratic turn into the unknown, just when you thought you'd figured it out'
*Murder Mayhem & More*
This first volume in a trilogy displays rare mental agility
*Sunday Times Books of the Year*
If foreign and complex are qualities you seek in crime writing, you'll be delighted to have a crack at solving this one before the Chengdu Police Dept slap the bracelets on