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Clash of Cultures and a biiig conspiracy

The Firemaker - Peter  May

An American Pathologist giving a visiting lecture series, but with no clue about Chinese culture, and a higher ranking Chinese police officer find themselves investigating a series of murders that are linked together only by flimsy evidence. An opportunity for interesting insights into the cultural differences between China and the US, with a bit of Chinese history thrown in. The plot itself is rather obvious but overall it is an entertaining read, even if the conspiracy to be uncovered seemed a bit too big and the ending was a bit rushed.

I've read the Lewis Trilogy by Peter May and it was one of my favorites last year. They have a quality of emotional engagement that I miss here. I also would have liked the messages to be a bit better embedded in the story rather than being lectures between the two main protagonists.

I read a free copy in exchange for a honest review.