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Author: Peter May Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The China Thrillers Series Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781455196685
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A top Chinese swimmer kills himself on the eve of an international event, shattering his country’s hopes of victory against the Americans. An Olympic weightlifter dies in the arms of his Beijing mistress, a scandal to be hushed up at the highest level. These two deaths could be a tragic coincidence—or something more sinister.

When Beijing detective Li Yan discovers that these are not the first of China’s athletes to die, he brings American pathologist Margaret Campbell out of retirement to find out if natural causes may be concealing very unnatural deaths.

The key to the case lies with a champion runner, the only member of the athletics team prepared to talk. But when the runner disappears, time starts to run out for Li Yan to catch the killer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Engaging…A fluid plot, rounded characters, and deft handling of two very different cultures make this a winner.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Simon Vance’s performance will leave listeners breathless…Vance brings his superior narrating skills to May’s police procedural starring the detective team of Li Yan, chief of the Beijing Municipal Police, and Margaret Campbell, a forensic pathologist who is Li Yan’s American fiancée…Vance is splendid in this engrossing story of Beijing life, internal police politics, Chinese Triads, genetic research, and brutal megalomaniacs who stop at nothing to succeed—not even murder. Vance makes The Runner top-notch listening.”


  • “May’s Chinese thrillers continue to rank among the best crime fiction set in modern China…suspenseful and well plotted.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harold | 8/7/2017

    " This audiobook is in keeping with the rest of this series. Well written with a great plot with characters very real. The reading by Simon Vance is brilliant, keeping the listener glued to the book right up till the end and then wanting to continue on with the next in the series. I have no hesitation in recommending this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 9/14/2012

    " Pretty good - I will check out more from this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/4/2012

    " This is the 5th in a series of China mysteries that I didn't know existed. This one is really a 4 1/2 star. The story was excellent but tales set in modern Beijing are really depressing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lundy | 10/28/2010

    " My first experience reading a Peter May book - I will definitely read more! Wonderful writing style, character development, plot advancement, no inane details, and, snuck in here and there, eye-opening tidbits on everyday life in China all combine to make this an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorin | 2/12/2010

    " I think that May does better when he gets Li and Margaret back to China. "

About the Author

Peter May has written several standalone novels and three series: the award-winning China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell; the critically acclaimed Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo Macleod, set in France; and the Lewis Trilogy, all three volumes of which are internationally bestselling 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.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.