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Love and Murder in the Time of Covid

Qiu Xiaolong

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Severn House
25 January 2024
Former chief inspector Chen faces a tricky serial murderer case at the height of the Covid pandemic - and risks everything he has to expose the deadly effects of the Chinese Communist Party's so-called zero Covid policy to the world.

Over two million copies of the Inspector Chen series sold worldwide.

The Covid crisis is at its height in China. Ex-chief inspector Chen Cao is horrified by the way the Chinese Communist Party are using the pandemic as an excuse to put the Chinese people under blanket surveillance and by the soaring number of deaths caused not by Covid, but by the CCP's inhuman 'zero Covid' policy.

Chen is debating whether to translate the 'Wuhan File' - a diary of life during the Wuhan disaster smuggled to him by a close friend - and expose the CCP's secrets to the world when to his surprise he is summoned by a high-level party cadre to help investigate a series of murders near a local Shanghai hospital.

Under pressure from the Party to reach a quick conclusion and help maintain political stability, Chen investigates, aware that he too has been placed under omnipresent, omnipotent surveillance.

And as he works, determined to uncover the truth, no matter what, he risks everything by deciding to translate the Wuhan Files. For one thing is true in China: you must be absolutely loyal to the Party. Otherwise, you are considered absolutely disloyal, and the consequences are dark indeed . . .

Imprint:   Severn House
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 200mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   300g
ISBN:   9781448311774
ISBN 10:   1448311772
Series:   An Inspector Chen mystery
Pages:   224
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Anthony Award winning author Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai. He has sold over two million copies of his Inspector Chen mysteries worldwide and been published in twenty languages. The novels have all been adapted as BBC Radio 4 dramas. Qiu is also the author of a brand-new mystery series set in Tang dynasty China, featuring the legendary Judge Dee Renjie.

Reviews for Love and Murder in the Time of Covid

A provocative and timely take on Covid in China, with a whodunit kicker * <b>Kirkus Reviews</b> * Stellar mystery . . . Newcomers and fans alike will look forward to how Qiu raises the stakes for Chen in the next book * <b>Publishers Weekly</b> Starred Review of <b>Inspector Chen and the Private Kitchen Murder</b> * The plot is full of unpredictable detours and sidebars that intensify the pleasure of following Chen's vibrant curiosity. An exhilarating blend of recent history, mystery, and the writer's craft * <b>Kirkus Reviews</b> on <b>Inspector Chen and the Private Kitchen Murder</b> * While series fans will be delighted at the background Qiu provides, this is an accessible starting point for newcomers ... in his superior 11th novel featuring Shanghai policeman and poet Chen Cao * <b>Publishers Weekly Starred Review</b> of <b>Becoming Inspector Chen</b> * Qiu's stylish hybrid is half fictional literary memoir and half crisp whodunit * <b>Kirkus Reviews</b> on <b>Becoming Inspector Chen</b> * Gripping ... A scathing indictment of contemporary China * <b>Booklist</b> on <b>Becoming Inspector Chen</b> * Fans of mysteries about honest cops working for compromised regimes won't want to miss this one * <b>Library Journal Starred Review</b> of <b>Hold your Breath, China</b> * Fascinating ... Xiaolong writes with both urgency and grace about modern China in another well-crafted mystery * <b>Booklist Starred Review</b> of <b>Hold Your Breath, China</b> *

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