The Pool of Unease

The Pool of Unease

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The scream a€“ female, high-pitched, terrified, breathless, a wordless, formless, plea for mercy a€“ arrived from silence and was cut off, abruptly strangled, leaving a gurgling echo in its airy wake . . . Robin Ballantyne is investigating the murder of a British man in Beijing. But in a city thick with paranoia and corruption, she struggles to separate rumour from reality. Meanwhile, late one freezing night, Chinese private detective Song rescues a young boy from a fire on a building site. With witnesses appearing from the murky surrounds, bloody clothes on the ground but no body, and flames blazing around him, Song panics and flees through the woods a€“ still clutching the boy. From the smog of the capital to the poverty-stricken countryside, and from the mansions of millionaires to a disused quarry where the children of scavengers root among the rubbish, Song and Robin must unravel the truth behind the murders before they find themselves silenced a€“ and before the killer can make another sinister move . . .He reached out for the plastic bag that contained the jacket and the knife, and he made Wolf take it, saying, a#39;You must ... a#39;Ia#39;m sorry. They are trying new drugs imported from Germany . . .a#39; a#39;How much?a#39; a#39;Six thousand yuan . . .a#39; a#39;Ia#39;ll take care of it, anbsp;...

Title:The Pool of Unease
Author:Catherine Sampson
Publisher:Pan Macmillan - 2011-02-25


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