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A Death in China Paperback – Jun 30 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; Reprint edition (June 30 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375700676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375700675
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #359,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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By A Customer on May 28 1999
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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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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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