The Devil of Nanking

The Devil of Nanking

Book - 2004
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Dazzling . . . In this extremely creepy book, Hayder's third, the diabolically gifted British author spins a fascinating mystery from the legacy of Japanese atrocities during World War II.--Entertainment Weekly
A haunting, lyrical, disturbing, important, suspenseful, wonderfully written and beautiful book. You will love reading it, and you will not soon forget the experience.--Harlan Coben
Grey has a lot to prove and even more to hide. A young Englishwoman obsessed with a past she cannot understand, she has come to Tokyo following rumors of a rare piece of film footage shot during the notorious Nanking Massacre in 1937, which has been lost for decades. But the only man who can help, a survivor of the massacre and now a visiting professor at a prestigious Tokyo university, will have nothing to do with her. Increasingly desperate in an alien city, Grey accepts a job as a hostess in an upmarket nightspot catering to Japanese businessmen and wealthy yakuza, where one gangster--an old man in a wheelchair surrounded by a terrifying entourage, rumored to rely on a powerful elixir for his continued health--might be the key to the answers Grey seeks. Taut and gritty, with the redolent atmosphere of Ian Rankin and the spine-tingling characters of Thomas Harris, The Devil of Nanking is a tour de force that confirms Mo Hayder as a thriller writer of the first order.
Wrenching . . . A beautifully controlled thriller about culture clash . . . Scary.--Douglas Wolk, The New York Times Book Review
There is a terrible beauty to both narratives as they unfold toward an agonizing but inevitable conclusion, with the two stories dovetailing exquisitely . . . The Devil of Nanking just may be one of the best books of the year.--Tom and Enid Schantz, The Denver Post
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2004
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9780002007214
0002007215
Branch Call Number: MYS HAY
Characteristics: 363 p. ; 24 cm

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jazpur
Sep 06, 2017

The past links with the present as a student with tenacity searches for an historical piece of film from the Nanking massacre during the Sino-Japanese war of 1937. Not for the squeemish but Mo Hayder has achieved a fascinating and informative novel.

multcolib_susannel Jan 25, 2015

Inspired by a real fragment of film taken during the 1937 Nanking massacre, the author creates a heroine who once found mention of the film and will not rest until she sees it.
The truth about the atrocities that were committed during the massacre and how they relate to her present life are not for the faint hearted.

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loudem
Aug 12, 2013

We've got two stories melting into one. Good drive. Odd subject. Best part is the end when Grey tries to escape inside the house. Great suspence. Again, odd premise. But the story "around" this odd premise is masterful.

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BlueHippo
Apr 03, 2013

I found this book quite interesting since I knew very little about the actual historical event at Nanking. The main characters do not sseem very wel developed and are a little strange, but the story is an excellent tale and is based on actual events.

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dmirza
Sep 27, 2012

Great book. Left me feeling both sad and angry at the same time.

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vheckley
Mar 28, 2012

I loved this book. It was fascinating delving into the Japanese history with the twisting storyline running through at the same time.

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Eil_1
Apr 11, 2011

Fabulous book - an Asian must-read

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