Monday, May 05, 2008

Reissue of Death of a Blue Lantern

First published in 1994, Christopher West's Death of a Blue Lantern is being reissued this month by Allison & Busby.

Synopsis: Beijing, People's Republic of China. Inspector Wang of the Public Security Bureau is expecting a pleasant and well-earned night out at the People`s Opera House. Instead, he finds himself face to face with a murder victim. A victim who has slipped through the hands of even China's relentless system of mass surveillance.

Wang's search for answers takes him into the underworld of the Chinese capital, into the secret, sinister world of Communist Party politics, and out to the ancient caves of Huashan, where a killer`s secret awaits discovery.

Christopher West wrote four books in the Inspector Wang series, the last one, The Third Messiah, was published in 2000. West says on his website:
This was the final novel in the quartet. I hugely enjoyed writing it, and it was well published, in the UK and America. My agent wanted more… But I felt this was a good place to stop. So many series lose quality, become more far-fetched or, worse, repetitive. I like the old showbiz adage ‘quit while you’re winning’. So I did.
There's more background information to each book on the author's website.

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