THE FIREMAKER (Police Procedural-China-Cont) – VG
May, Peter – Standalone
Thomas Dunne Books, 2005- Hardcover
Margaret Campbell is a Chicago forensic pathologist in China for six weeks to lecture at the Beijing police university. Senior Detective Li Yan is newly promoted to Deputy Section Chief. This first case is of a man burned to death in a public place. Margaret, a specialist in burned victims, performs the autopsy and declares it murder. Two other murders follow and at all three is found the stub of a Marlboro cigarette. Margaret and Li Yan join forces and discover much more than murder, but something that could impact millions.
This book works. The descriptions of China put me there. I cared about the characters and the relationship that builds between them. Margaret blunders while learning how things work in China were honest. The mystery was intriguing with building suspense, and the plot is plausible, which makes it all the more terrifying. I also learned, which I enjoy, about the Social Revolution and genetic engineering. I don't often compare authors, but fans of Tess Gerritsen will definitely enjoy this, but so will anyone else who likes an extremely well done mystery.