Midnight in peking is the true story of the murder of a young british woman in peking in january 1937, written by paul french. A bestselling book, midnight in peking, declared the murderer to be an american dentist, but english policeman graeme sheppard, 30 years with scotland yard, decided that conclusion was flawed, spent years investigating all aspects of the case. Paul french in the exclusive legation quarter, the foreigners are jumpy. Midnight in peking series and episode guides tv from. Netflix denies reports of midnight in peking murder. Paul french, author of midnight in peking, answers ten terrifying. How the murder of a young englishwoman haunted the last days of old china, carl crow. This is nonfiction and takes place in 1937 when a 19 year old english woman is found murdered and mutilated in peking. The murder was investigated by a british detective and a chinese detective. His book on pamela, midnight in peking, is a fascinating tale of life and death in a city on the brink of allout war, a world of corruption, hubris, brutality and. It all sounds, right down to the cops bicultural partnership, like the kickoff to a promising new mystery series. Peking in 1937 is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, opulence and opium dens, rumors and superstition. Midnight in peking was a 2012 goodreads choice awards finalist and also won both the 20 edgar best fact crime book award by the mystery writers of america and the crime writers association uk nonfiction dagger award.
Penguin books, the publisher of shanghaibased author paul french s successful book midnight in peking, announced today that television serial rights have been sold to kudos television of london. How the murder of a young englishwoman haunted the last days of old china by paul french at. He is the author of a number of books, including the new york times bestselling and edgar awardwinning midnight in peking. Chronicling an incredible unsolved murder, midnight in peking captures the aftermath of the brutal killing of a british schoolgirl in january 1937. Midnight in peking top nonfiction true crime books. Winner of the both the edgar award for best fact crime and the cwa nonfiction dagger from the author of city of devilschronicling an incredible unsolved murder, midnight in peking captures the aftermath of the brutal killing of a british schoolgirl in january 1937. The bestselling author and former shanghai resident chatted with the beijinger about his new, audioonly project murders. Paul french pdf midnight in peking books to read kaabinet. Midnight in peking could be usefully supplemented by a book such as robert bickerss empire made me 2003, which tells the tale of a british policeman stationed in shanghai between the wars, and. Death of a red heroine by qiu xiaolong midnight in peking by paul french hong. Midnight in peking reads like a mystery, but has the factual base of a history, and. In addition to articles about a range of subjects, he has specialised in books about modern chinese history and contemporary chinese society, including midnight in peking. The nationalist government of chiang kaishek had fled south to nanking, where some said he was ready to cut a deal.
French, a business consultant whose previous books have covered historic shanghai, north korea and foreign journalists in china, was intrigued and began investigating the case. Regarding the tv show version of midnight in peking, i hope it emphasizes the aspects of crimesolving and deduction, as opposed to the brutality and violence of the case, french said. This book is set at the time of mao zedongs death and follows the country as it comes to terms with his demise. The author paul french did an admirable job of weaving together the facts of a 1937 unsolved brutal murder of an english girl pamela werner in peking. Midnight in peking is one of the best true crime book that ive ever read. Midnight in peking is an intriguing book which looks at the gruesome murder of pamela werner at the same time as the japanese were poised to invade china.
Ebook midnight in peking as pdf download portable document. In a welcome turn away from orientalist cliche, the book makes the westerners in peking seem like an assortment of oddballs, standing out. It is a world of opium dens and brothels, of untouchable privilege and sexual predation, of ancient superstitions and modern anxieties. Check out midnight in peking at the book depository. The selection for this session was midnight in peking by paul french. Winner of the both the edgar award for best fact crime and the cwa nonfiction dagger. She looked to me like a slightly awkward girl who had flowered into a beautiful woman. Midnight in peking in the last days of old peking, where anything goes, can a murderer escape justice. The brutal murder of 19yearold pamela werner in the city of peking one night in january 1937 shocked the world, but the police never found or named the murderer.
But halfway through something magical happens and every revelation is jaw dropping and a testament to etc werners love for his daughter. Buy a cheap copy of midnight in peking book by paul french. The encirclement by the japanese army was tightening daily and troop skirmishes were on the rise. It is the storytelling flair that marks midnight in peking so highly. Etc werner was pamelas adoptive father, a retired consul who was an academic of chinese with a. It was first published by penguin australia in association with penguin china in 2011 and has since been published by penguin books in the uk and by penguin group usa. A tough old china hand, and through the looking glass.
The japanese are encircling the city, and the discovery of pamela werners body sends a shiver through already nervous peking. Living at the peking university dorms and riding his bike all around beijing, he tells the story of what is was like to be a foreigner in the chinese capital and what was behind the. A riveting truecrime tale that presents the thrilling account of a murder in 1937 china that caused an international media sensation chronicling an incredible. It could be like a sherlock holmes story, but in china. How the murder of a young englishwoman haunted the last days of old china by paul french midnight in peking takes readers inside in the decadent final days of peking before the cataclysm of japanese occupation and world war ii. The selfprofessed hutong hugger is back with more tales of misdeeds from chinas recent past. Midnight in peking top results of your surfing midnight in peking start download portable document format pdf and e books electronic books free online rating news 20162017 is books that can provide inspiration, insight, knowledge to the reader. A suspenseful murder mystery set on the eve of the japanese invasion of old peking in 1937. I think some of my favorite kinds of stories are about unsolved mysteries books that return to murders, lost treasure, and the like years or decades after all the. Paul frenchs backlist reveals an expertise in early 20thcentury chinese social history.
Specifically and unsurprisingly, french focuses on the western expatriate presence in shanghai and peking. Midnight in peking by paul french discussion guide. I admit i was a bit uncertain as to how well this book would lend itself. Etc werner was pamelas adoptive father, a retired consul who was an academic of chinese with a particular interest in mythology and language. The mutilated body of pamela werner was found at the base of the fox tower, which, according to local superstition, is home to the maliciously seductive fox spirits. Certainly not more information midnight in peking starts off like a usual cold case book. Not just the unputdownable story of a savage murder, midnight in peking is a sweepingly evocative account of the end of an era. The mutilated body of pamela werner was found at the base of the fox tower, which, according to. A champion of the chinese social experiment, baldursson was there to watch events unfold. Paul french born 27 august 1966 is a british author. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read midnight in peking.
Paul french studied history, economics and mandarin in london and has an m. Midnight in peking in midnight in peking, historian and china expert paul french follows the unsolved murder of a british schoolgirl in 1937, as well as its bizarre aftermath. Though the show will be in english, chinese audiences seem excited about jiangs casting. Midnight in peking author paul french returns with. How the murder of a young englishwoman haunted the last days of old china. A conversation with author paul french british writer paul french talks about his international bestseller, midnight in peking film by nicky almasy interview by ned kelly 20 shanghai. And paul frenchs book, midnight in peking, is among the best. Japanese troops are poised to attack, and word has it the chinese government is about to cut a deal with tokyo, leaving peking to its.
Unveiling an undercover sex cult, heroin addicts and disappearing brothels, the truth behind the crime can now be told and is more disturbing than anyone could imagine. Midnight in peking takes readers inside in the decadent final days of peking before the cataclysm of. Midnight in peking is the unputdownable true story of a murder that will make you hold your loved ones close, and also a sweepingly evocative. The judges praised the way he brilliantly evoked the uneasy atmosphere of chinas capital 80 years ago.
Midnight in peking author paul french just cant resist a good crime story, whether it comes from beijing, shanghai, harbin, or anywhere else in china. Even an independent scholar like kates could afford a traditional. Midnight in peking is both a detective story and a social history, and therefore as it should always keeps the hunt for pamelas killers somewhere near the center of the narrative. A conversation with author paul french british writer paul french talks about his international bestseller, midnight in peking film by nicky almasy interview by. Chinas foreign journalists from opium wars to mao, 2009, etc. How the murder of a young englishwoman haunted the last days of old china by paul french. Midnight in peking is the story of the murder of a 19yearold english. Midnight in peking could be usefully supplemented by a book such as robert bickerss empire made me, which tells the tale of a british policeman stationed in shanghai between the wars, and. In this deft reconstruction of events from newspaper and police reports, diaries and archives, shanghaibased historian french through the looking glass. How the murder of a young englishwoman haunted the last days of old china by paul french it is surprising, even amazing, that the historical true crime book midnight in peking works as well as it does. As 1936 gave way to 1937, the people of peking waited nervously for the axe to fall. Paul frenchs midnight in peking to become a tv drama. If youre looking for a new killer read, these eight books all reflect at least one element of the beloved book. Midnight in peking a conversation with author paul french.
Paul frenchs midnight in peking is a reallife murder mystery in licentious thirties china. Midnight in peking a book discussion books to the ceiling. Midnight in peking takes readers inside in the decadent final days of peking before the cataclysm of japanese occupation and world war ii. Follow paul frenchs new book midnight in peking to explore an unsolved murder in 1930s beijing. As the mystery surrounding the bloody death of a young woman in preworld war ii peking unfolds, french carries the reader on a journey through the citys twisting streets and equally twisted politics. How the murder of a young englishwoman haunted the last days of old china paul french pdf. A studio portrait of pamela werner taken in 1936, one year before her brutal murder. Midnight in peking by paul french penguin books australia. The result is a reallife story ultimately as suspenseful as any modern thriller.469 1478 294 1391 269 1202 1439 1427 1390 1460 147 39 1037 419 502 684 1013 18 912 978 1180 173 136 1234 49 1492 1159 370 767 775 1400 561 573 920