The Story of China’s First Crime Scene Investigator
by Wang Hongjia (Author) & James Trapp (Translator)
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Pub Date 01 Jun 2019 | Archive Date 13 Jul 2019
Alain Charles Asia Publishing, Sinoist Books
Thirteenth century China, and the Song Empire is crumbling. Into the civil service, a young scholar called Song Ci is admitted. His unmatched skill for interpreting crime scenes enables him to solve a series of complex murder cases. But with the empire now in peril, Song is pitted against increasing dangers that will tax him to the limit.
Where is the justice in a corrupt and crumbling empire?
Thirteenth century China, and the Song Empire is crumbling due to endemic corruption and the incursion of barbarians from abroad. Ambitious men do what they must to get ahead, trampling the commoners who come in their path.
Into the decaying ranks of the civil service, a young scholar called Song Ci is admitted. He soon gets the chance to prove his worth by developing an unmatched skill for interpreting crime scenes. In a series of complex murder cases that baffled his predecessors, Song is finally able to dispense justice to the relatives of those whose lives have been lost in the chaos.
As the world he knows wanes, Song will be pitted against increasing dangers that will tax him to the edge of his abilities. But will his efforts be enough to save the empire?
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Average rating from 5 members
I'm a huge fan of Judge Dee and was more than happy when this ARC was approved. It's a fascinating trip into historical China and a good mystery. It's not fast paced and sometimes it's a bit confusing but was an enthralling reading experience. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
This is a strong book that has a great story. It perhaps makes you work a bit harder as the story has a historical element that is educational as to all the dynasties and it takes a moment each time to work out exactly which character is speaking/written about as the names are unfamiliar. But you quickly edit the story as you progress through the book and the result is a fascinating insight into forensics, Chinese culture and links to modern day methods of forensic science as the story is revealed. Thanks to netgalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.