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The Firemaker
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THE FIRST OF THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED CHINA NOVELS, FROM THE MILLION-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE RICHARD AND JUDY BESTSELLER THE BLACKHOUSE. LI YAN 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. MARGARET CAMPBELL 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. THE FIREMAKER 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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About the Author

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 BCC, 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. He has 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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Powerful and authentic. * Glasgow Sunday Herald * Dark, exciting and atmospheric. * Scotland on Sunday * Will have the reader relishing every tendency of description and characterization. -- Barry Forshaw * Independent * May's novels are strong on place and the wounds left by old relationships. * Sunday Times * A wonderfully complex book. -- Peter James, on Entry Island Lyrical, empathetic and moving. -- Alex Gray One of the best regarded crime series of recent years. -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent, on the Lewis trilogy * Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth. * New York Times * A true pleasure to read. * Guardian * Wonderfully compelling. -- Kate Mosse From the first page I knew I was in safe hands. I knew I could trust this writer. -- Sophie Hannah Praise for Peter May: He is a terrific writer doing something different. -- Mark Billingham

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