Midnight in Peking: The murder that haunted the last days of old China by Paul French had me completely gripped from start to finish. The latest in a sub-genre I enjoy (as described in my blog piece Colonial Misdemeanours), this is a sad and chilling tale of a father’s search for justice for his brutally murdered daughter.
The crime takes place in what was then Peking in 1937 as the Japanese are advancing on the city. Pamela, a young women of 19, is found dismembered, her body dumped under a well known landmark, having failed to come home the night before. Two very contradictory views of her emerge in the investigation that follows – demure schoolgirl versus a popular and attractive young woman.