Author(s): Peter May
THE SECOND NOVEL IN THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED CHINA SERIES, FROM THE MILLION-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE RICHARD AND JUDY BESTSELLER THE BLACKHOUSE. THE SECOND OPINION The Chinese police have once more been forced to enlist the services of American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell: this time to investigate a series of four horrific ritual executions that have taken place in Beijing. THE THIRD DEGREE Detective Li Yan is determined to discover just how one of the victims in particular, an American diplomat, became caught up in the slaying. And he is arguably even more determined to have nothing to do with Campbell. THE FOURTH SACRIFICE The polarity that once attracted Yan and Campbell eventually pulls them back into partnership. Yet the closer they are drawn to the truth, the nearer they come to a killer prepared to use extreme force to conceal it.
Praise for Peter May: He is a terrific writer doing something different. -- Mark Billingham From the first page I knew I was in safe hands. I knew I could trust this writer. -- Sophie Hannah Wonderfully compelling. -- Kate Mosse A true pleasure to read. Guardian Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth. New York Times One of the best regarded crime series of recent years. -- Boyd Tonkin Independent, on the Lewis trilogy Lyrical, empathetic and moving. -- Alex Gray A wonderfully complex book. -- Peter James, on Entry Island May's novels are strong on place and the wounds left by old relationships. Sunday Times Will have the reader relishing every tendency of description and characterization. -- Barry Forshaw Independent Dark, exciting and atmospheric. Scotland on Sunday Powerful and authentic. Glasgow Sunday Herald
Peter May was born and raised in Scotland. He was an award-winning journalist at the age of twenty-one and a published novelist at twenty-six. When his first book was adapted as a major drama series for the BCC, he quit journalism and during the high-octane fifteen years that followed, became one of Scotland's most successful television dramatists. He created three prime-time drama series, presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland as script editor and producer, and worked on more than 1,000 episodes of ratings-topping drama before deciding to leave television to return to his first love, writing novels. He has won several literature awards in France, received the USA's Barry Award for The Blackhouse, the first in his internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy; and in 2014 was awarded the ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year award for Entry Island. Peter now lives in South-West France with his wife, writer Janice Hally.