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A Death in China [Paperback]

Carl Hiaasen , Bill Montalbano
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Book Description

June 30 1998 Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
From Carl Hiaasen and the distinguished foreign correspondent Bill Montalbano comes a relentless novel of treachery and murder set in the clenched society of China, where even tomorrow’s weather is a state secret.

David Wang, a Chinese-American art historian, dies shortly after a visit to an ancient tomb housing priceless artifacts. Officials diagnose death by duck, a fatal confluence of culture shock and rich cuisine. But Wang’s friend Tom Stratton suspects something more sinister, especially after the dead man’s brother, a highly placed Party official, tries to have him kidnapped. From a nightmarish interrogation to assassination by cobra, A Death in China takes readers on a trip with no rest stops through a world of claustrophobic mistrust and terrifying danger.

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Published in 1984, 1981, and 1982, respectively, these novels feature action, intrigue, violence, and murder. In the Hitchcock vein, they also portray protagonists who are just ordinary people?a professor, an architect, and a fishing-boat captain?who are dragged into extraordinary circumstances. LJ's reviewer found Death in China "tautly written," adding that Montalbano and Hiaasen have a "fine flair for characters and settings" (LJ 4/1/84).
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A tautly written, fast-paced thriller that captures the real China." --The New York Times

"Montalbano and Hiaasen have created a Middle Kingdom maelstrom of intrigues, deceits, lusts and canards." --Wall Street Journal

"A terrific story.... Montalbano and Hiaasen have brought it off splendidly." -- Time

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrills and Intrigue Across the Pacific Jan. 5 2002
Hiaasen and Montalbano again show their ability to write a thriller with twists and turns enough to satisfy most readers. Tom Stratton is a college professor on a guided tour of China. During the tour, he meets his old mentor, David Wang, brother of a deputy minister in the Chinese government. They agree to meet again, but Wang turns up missing. As Stratton tries to find his friend, he uncovers a whole snake-den of double dealing and murder involving David's brother. Immediately, Stratton becomes a target for murder, beginning with being locked in a closet with a king cobra. His desperate flight gets him back to the United States, but death follows him. You jump right in during the early chapters, and the authors never let up. All in all, a satisfying tale of intrigue and action.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unmemorable May 28 1999
By A Customer
Hiassen fans will be disappointed. This book has none of the characteristic twisted, insane humor of most of his work. In fact, it is a rather formulaic spy/action/thriller book. If it were a movie, it would star Jean-Claude VanDamme. This is not to say that it is a bad book, per say, but it is very predictable. It has all of the usual elements, and though it does have some interesting bits here and there, it is ultimately just another predictable spy/action/thriller book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An atmosphere of China May 24 2000
By Jaded
I thought this was a good book. It has elements of both a murder mystery and a thriller/spy novel. It is definitely not Hiaasen writing his usual Florida based hilarious but hard to describe action. But if you are interested in getting a feel for life in China, at least from what I could see of it during a week visit to Peking in 1987, while reading a well written book, then give this book a try. I intend to look up other non zany Hiaasen books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever Travel Reading Dec 5 2000
By A Customer
This is the perfect book for reading on a long plane ride or in the middle of a sleepless night. Although formulaic, there were some very clever aspects to the plot and it was hard to put the book down. Those who have visited China will particularly enjoy the descriptive writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not typical Hiaasen, but a good thriller April 20 2004
Lots of action, suspense, and mystery. A good read, well written. Not a "can't put it down", so only 4 stars. But if you're looking for something to take to the beach this summer, you could do worse.
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