A Death in China

A Death in China

By Carl Hiaasen; Bill Montalbano

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Paperback, 9780375700675, 288pp.

Publication Date: June 30, 1998

Description
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.


About the Author
Carl Hiaasen (b. 1953) is the "New York Times "bestselling and award-winning author of more than twenty adult and young adult novels and nonfiction titles, including the novels "Strip Tease "(1993) and "Skinny Dip "(2004), as well as the mystery-thrillers "Powder Burn "(1981), "Trap Line" (1982), and "A Death in China "(1984), which were cowritten with fellow "Miami Herald "journalist Bill Montalbano (1941 1998). Hiaasen is best known for his satirical writing and dark humor, much of which is directed at various social and political issues in his home state of Florida. He is an award-winning columnist for the "Miami Herald", and lives in Vero Beach.