A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel

Murder, Money, and an Epic Power Struggle in China

By Pin Ho; Wenguang Huang
(PublicAffairs, Hardcover, 9781610392730, 320pp.)

Publication Date: April 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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The scandalous story of the corruption of the Bo Xilai family—the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood; Bo’s secret lovers, who may have included Chinese film stars; the blackmailing by Bo’s supporters; the hasty trial and sentencing of Gu Kailai, Bo’s wife—is only the tip of an iceberg and just the beginning of a cataclysmic power struggle that could rock the very foundation of China’s all-powerful Communist Party. By the time it is over, the machinations in Beijing and throughout the country that began with Bo’s fall could affect China’s economic development and disrupt the world’s political and economic order.

This is the first book for non-Chinese readers on the scandal’s full significance, and comes right at the moment of a transformational powershift in the country. A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel offers original analysis of the broader implications of the Bo Xilai story based on unique access to high-level sources and inside information—by two authors who are the preeminent
authorities on the issue.

About the Author

Pin Ho is a Chinese journalist and writer. His book, China’s Princelings, was the first to coin that phrase to describe the generation of children of Chinese revolutionaries who now hold many key political and business posts in the country, and is the source for much that has appeared in the accounts of various Western journalists. Wenguang Huang is a writer, journalist, and translator whose articles and translations have been published in The Wall Street Journal Asia, The Chicago Tribune, The Paris Review, The Asia Literary Review and The Christian Science Monitor. He is most recently the author of the memoir The Little Red Guard.

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