The Killing Time is a dark, disturbing mystery set against the turbulent backdrop of 1930s Shanghai, a city divided by race and nation, teetering on the brink of open conflict. Inspector Danilov, haunted by his son’s death and alienated from his wife, focuses on his job to keep the ghosts at bay. His newest case is deeply troubling. Children are being kidnapped and murdered, their bodies left in prominent locations. The families are reluctant to help, as kidnap and ransom is a common Chinese business practice - but Danilov is convinced this is something very different.
The Killing Time portrays a turbulent time in Shanghai’s history. M J Lee is a skilled writer, but the content will be too disturbing for some. Ultimately it is Inspector Danilov and his Seargent Strachan who bring more of a human aspect to the story. If you like well done historical mysteries, M J Lee’s novels may be exactly what you are looking for. Be advised, these are gritty police procedurals.
4 / 5
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Description As tensions simmer in Shanghai, children go missing… Shanghai 1932: Inspector Danilov hasn't recovered from the death of his child... but across a Shanghai riven with communal tensions, children are going missing.
Missing, and then murdered. Who is responsible? Why have the children's bodies been exhibited for all to see?
Just as Danilov thinks the stakes couldn't be higher there is a new dimension, Japan, a rising power flexing its muscles. In fractious Shanghai, an explosion is long overdue. With the clock ticking can Danilov and his assistant Strachan solve the case? The fate of Shanghai may be at stake. So is Danilov’s job... And his sanity.
The latest instalment of the Inspector Danilov mysteries will leave you breathless. Perfect for fans of Philip Kerr or Rory Clements.