The Devil of Nanking

The Devil of Nanking

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Tokyo, 1990

Grey Hutchins is in pursuit of an obsession. She is searching for a piece of film taken during the infamous Nanking massacre of 1937. Some say it never existed. Grey is certain that it does, and that it lies hidden - somewhere in Tokyo.

Alone in an alien city, Grey becomes a hostess in an exclusive club catering for Japanese businessmen - and gangsters. One gangster dominates - an old man in a wheelchair surrounded by a terrifying entourage - who is rumoured to rely on a powerful elixir for his continued health. It is an elixir that others want - at any price ...

With its focus on 1990's Tokyo and Nanking in 1937, The Devil of Nanking is a literary thriller of the highest order. With its heady atmosphere of overt violence, lurking fear and sexual tension, this is a novel that takes hold of the reader and does not let go until its explosive final pages.

Publisher: New York :, Grove Press
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781407066738
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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jazpur
Sep 06, 2017

The past links with the present as a student with tenacity searches for an historical piece of film from the Nanking massacre during the Sino-Japanese war of 1937. Not for the squeemish but Mo Hayder has achieved a fascinating and informative novel.

multcolib_susannel Jan 25, 2015

Inspired by a real fragment of film taken during the 1937 Nanking massacre, the author creates a heroine who once found mention of the film and will not rest until she sees it.
The truth about the atrocities that were committed during the massacre and how they relate to her present life are not for the faint hearted.

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loudem
Aug 12, 2013

We've got two stories melting into one. Good drive. Odd subject. Best part is the end when Grey tries to escape inside the house. Great suspence. Again, odd premise. But the story "around" this odd premise is masterful.

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BlueHippo
Apr 03, 2013

I found this book quite interesting since I knew very little about the actual historical event at Nanking. The main characters do not sseem very wel developed and are a little strange, but the story is an excellent tale and is based on actual events.

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dmirza
Sep 27, 2012

Great book. Left me feeling both sad and angry at the same time.

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vheckley
Mar 28, 2012

I loved this book. It was fascinating delving into the Japanese history with the twisting storyline running through at the same time.

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Eil_1
Apr 11, 2011

Fabulous book - an Asian must-read

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