Snakehead , etc.), American-born forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell is trying to take it "/>

The Runner

Peter May, Author . Poisoned Pen $24.95 (336p) ISBN 978-1-59058-604-4 ISBN 978-1-59058-711-9

In May's engaging fifth entry in his contemporary China series (Snakehead , etc.), American-born forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell is trying to take it easy, awaiting the birth of her first child. Her soon-to-be-husband, Section Chief Li Yan of the Beijing police, isn't so lucky—he's overwhelmed with dead bodies. Li reluctantly enlists Margaret's aid after five Chinese athletes turn up dead. Suspecting that a suicide and several “accidents” are murder, Li must discover the truth while preventing a major scandal as the country prepares for the Beijing Olympics. Worse still is the imminent arrival of Li's estranged father and Margaret's mother for the couple's nuptials. A fluid plot, rounded characters, and deft handling of two very different cultures make this a winner. Readers should note that the sixth installment, Chinese Whispers , was published in the U.S. in 2009. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 11/16/2009
Release date: 02/01/2010
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