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The Resource Midnight in Peking : how the murder of a young Englishwoman haunted the last days of old China, Paul French

Midnight in Peking : how the murder of a young Englishwoman haunted the last days of old China, Paul French

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Midnight in Peking : how the murder of a young Englishwoman haunted the last days of old China
Title
Midnight in Peking
Title remainder
how the murder of a young Englishwoman haunted the last days of old China
Statement of responsibility
Paul French
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
As 1936 gave way to 1937, the people of Peking waited nervously for the axe to fall. The encirclement by the Japanese army was tightening daily and troop skirmishes were on the rise. The Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek had fled south to Nanking, where some said he was ready to cut a deal with Tokyo and leave the people of Peking to their fate. In the opium dens of the notorious Badlands the partying was harder than usual, while the wealthy foreigners of the Legation Quarter were making the most of their final days of privilege. Each new day brought a racheting up of tension inside the city walls. On one of those walls, the ancient Tartar Wall, was a massive watchtower, built in the fifteenth century to keep out invaders. The locals believed the Fox Tower to be haunted at night by fox spirits that preyed upon innocent mortals. Then one bitterly cold January night, the body of an innocent mortal was dumped there. It belonged to English schoolgirl Pamela Werner, the daughter of a well-known Old China Hand and past British Consul. When the depraved nature of her murder became known, it was hard to fathom that any human could treat another in such a fashion. In a city more than usually prone to rumour and gossip, the killing of Pamela raised the panic to a whole new level. Spirits in the Fox Tower is an unputdownable true tale of murder and a gripping account of the end of an era
Summary
Chronicles the efforts of two detectives--one British and one Chinese--as they raced to find an Englishwoman's killer in 1937 before the Japanese invasion of Peking
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Award
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime, 2013.
  • Gold Dagger Award for Best Nonfiction of the Year, 2013.
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10107526
Cataloging source
ANL
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1966-
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French, Paul
Dewey number
364.1523
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Werner, Pamela
  • Murder
  • Murder victims
  • Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
Target audience
adult
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how the murder of a young Englishwoman haunted the last days of old China
Label
Midnight in Peking : how the murder of a young Englishwoman haunted the last days of old China, Paul French
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Publication
Control code
000046701497
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
277 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780670080922
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), ports.
System control number
(OCoLC)704568588
Label
Midnight in Peking : how the murder of a young Englishwoman haunted the last days of old China, Paul French
Publication
Control code
000046701497
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
277 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780670080922
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), ports.
System control number
(OCoLC)704568588

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