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Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China
Title: Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China
Author: Paul French
Paul French uncovers the truth behind the murder of Pamela Werner and offers a glimpse of the last days of colonial Peking.
A riveting true-crime tale that presents the thrilling account of a murder in 1937 China that caused an international media sensation
Chronicling an incredible unsolved murder, Midnight in Peking captures the aftermath of the brutal killing of a British schoolgirl in January 1937. The mutilated body of Pamela Werner was found at the base of the Fox Tower, which, according to local superstition, is home to the maliciously seductive fox spirits. As British detective Dennis and Chinese detective Han investigate, the mystery only deepens and, in a city on the verge of invasion, rumor and superstition run rampant. Based on seven years of research by historian and China expert Paul French, this true-crime thriller presents readers with a rare and unique portrait of the last days of colonial Peking.