Runner, The

A China Thriller

By Peter May
(Poisoned Pen Press, Hardcover, 9781590586044, 348pp.)

Publication Date: February 2010

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A top Chinese swimmer kills himself of the eve of an international event - shattering his country's hopes of victory against the Americans. An Olympic weightlifter dies in the arms of his Beijing mistress - a scandal to be hushed up at the highest level. But the suicides were murder, and both men's deaths are connected to an inexplicable series of "accidents" which has taken the lives of some of China's best athletes. In this fifth China Thriller, Chinese detective Li Yan and American pathologist Margaret Campbell are back in Beijing confronting a sinister sequence of murders which threatens to destroy the future of international athletics.

About the Author

Peter May won the Scottish Young Journalist of the Year Award at 21 and had his first novel published at 26. He went on to become a successful Scottish television dramatist. He lives in France with his wife Janice Halley.

Praise For Runner, The

"...each installment of the Chinese Thrillers series provides rewarding views of the Beijing landscape and insights into cross-cultural relationships."  -- Kirkus Reviews

"Fans will relish this super saga while seeking the backlist that includes The Firemaker, Snakehead and Chinese Whisper."  -- Midwest Book Review

"A fluid plot, rounded characters, and deft handling of two very different cultures make this a winner."  -- Publisher's Weekly

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