Hold Your Breath, China
by Qiu Xiaolong

“Fascinating … Xiaolong writes with both urgency and grace about modern China in another well-crafted mystery” – Booklist Starred Review

“Outstanding … Qiu’s execution matches his ambition. Fans of mysteries about honest cops working for compromised regimes won’t want to miss this one”Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Inspector Chen is on the case of a serial murderer when he is called away to report on environmentalists trying to tackle the pollution issues in China.

Chief Inspector Chen and Detective Yu Guangming are brought into a serial murder case when the Homicide squad proves incapable of solving it. But before Chen can make a start, he is called away by a high-ranking Party member for a special assignment: to infiltrate a group of environmental activists meeting to discuss the pollution levels in the country and how to prompt the government into action.

Chen knows it will be a far from simple task, especially when he discovers the leader of the group is a woman from his past. Meanwhile, Yu is left to investigate a serial murder case on his own.

Both Chen and Yu face pressure from those above to resolve the cases in a satisfactory way . . . even if that means innocents face the punishment.

Reviews

Fascinating … Xiaolong writes with both urgency and grace about modern China in another well-crafted mystery

Booklist Starred Review

Outstanding … Qiu’s execution matches his ambition. Fans of mysteries about honest cops working for compromised regimes won’t want to miss this one

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Inspector Chen’s 10th mystery effectively uses the genre to explore China’s current pollution crisis

Kirkus Reviews

Another superb entry in an always-outstanding series

Booklist Starred Review of Shanghai Redemption

Qiu once again movingly and convincingly portrays the plight of an honest cop in a police state ... The suspense is palpable, and Qiu gives readers a chilling vision of life under authoritarian rule

Publishers Weekly on Shanghai Redemption

A complex, methodical police procedural as well as a multifaceted look at a powerful society in flux

Kirkus Reviews on Shanghai Redemption

Highly recommended for anyone interested in contemporary China

Library Journal on Shanghai Redemption

Qiu Xiaolong

Anthony Award winning author Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai and moved to Washington University in St Louis, US, to complete a PhD degree in comparative literature. After the Tiananmen tragedy in 1989 he stayed on in St Louis where he still lives with his wife. Qiu’s sold over two million copies of his Inspector Chen mysteries worldwide and been published in twenty languages. On top of his fiction, he is a prize-winning writer of poetry.All the titles in the Inspector Chen series, including Hold Your Breath, China, have been dramatized in BBC Radio 4 productions.www.qiuxiaolong.com

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Editions

Hold Your Breath, China by Qiu Xiaolong is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278904362nd June 2020145 X 222mm208$28.99
Hardback978072789043628th February 2020145 X 222mm208£20.99
Ebook97814483041651st April 2020N/A208$16.99
Ebook97814483041651st April 2020N/A208£11.99
Hardback - Large Print978178029181927th July 2021145 X 222mm288$36.95
Hardback - Large Print978178029181931st May 2021145 X 222mm288£22.99
Paperback978178029691326th January 2021137 X 215mm208$17.95
Paperback978178029691330th November 2020137 X 215mm208£12.99
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