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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,378 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mo Hayder Narrator: Josephine Bailey, Simon Vanc Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With the redolent atmosphere of Ian Rankin and the spine-chilling characters of Thomas Harris, Mo Hayder’s The Devil of Nanking, takes the reader on an electrifying literary ride from the palatial apartments of yakuza kingpins to deep inside the secret history of one of the twentieth century’s most brutal events: the Nanking Massacre.

A young Englishwoman obsessed with an indecipherable past, Grey comes to Tokyo seeking a lost piece of film footage of the notorious 1937 Nanking Massacre, footage some say never existed. Only one man can help Grey. A survivor of the massacre, he is now a visiting professor at a university in Tokyo. But he will have nothing to do with her. So Grey accepts a job in an upmarket nightspot, where a certain gangster may be the key to gaining the professor’s trust. An old man in a wheelchair surrounded by a terrifying entourage, the gangster is rumored to rely on a mysterious elixir for his continued health.

Taut, gritty, sexy, and harrowing, The Devil of Nanking is an incomparable literary thriller set in one of the world’s most fascinating cities—Tokyo—from an internationally bestselling author.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Devil of Nanking is the kind of novel that invites excessive praise. It is beautifully written and often fascinating, and it has a powerful historical hook.

    Washington Post

  • “This novel of wartime atrocities by the Japanese in China benefits from the narration of two accomplished narrators… Bailey is haunting…[and] Vance is…calm, introspective, but equally obsessed.”


  • Winner of the 2006 AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sidney Stumplewick | 2/10/2014

    " Hate intermittent flash backs. Good informational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Fiona Lane | 2/9/2014

    " I would not normally choose to read a thriller which borders on the horror side of writing. However I am so glad that I was encouraged to read this. The book took an interesting approach of someone with very little worldly sense and showed the horrors of the war crimes committed in Nankin as she could uncover them. Along side this you have her supporting her journey of discovery and the man who has the answers and his journey in to being able to share his knowledge with her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jest | 2/8/2014

    " This book has flaws but the final paragraph is so poignant that I'm still thinking about it a week later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/5/2014

    " Like the intense thrillers by Philip Kerr, The Devil of Nanking is a sophisticated suspense story that delves deep into the darkness of the human psyche. An English woman travels to Japan in search of rare film footage from the Nanking Massacre in 1937. Her quest leads her on a harrowing journey through the Tokyo underworld. Mo Hayder, with precision and an eye for historical detail, has crafted a haunting and stunning story of terrible beauty. "

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