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3.02941176470588 out of 53.02941176470588 out of 53.02941176470588 out of 53.02941176470588 out of 53.02941176470588 out of 5 3.03 (68 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter May Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The China Thrillers 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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 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 Updike | 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 Cary | 2/12/2010

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

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About the Author
Author Peter May

Peter May is a Scottish television screenwriter, novelist, and crime writer. At age twenty-one, he was named Scottish Young Journalist of the Year. He was a prolific television scriptwriter in the UK for nearly twenty years and has won several literary awards for his novels. He now lives in France with his wife.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.