The Master of Rain

The Master of Rain

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
The brutal murder of a Russian woman drags English policeman Richard Field deep into tumultuous, corruption-ridden Shanghai in 1926 as he investigates the expatriate community.

Blackwell North Amer
For Richard Field, a young Englishman new to the international police force, Shanghai represents a brave new world away from the past he is trying to escape. But his naivete is quickly dashed when he is called to the scene of a brutal crime, in which a young Russian woman, Lena Orlov, has been found sadistically murdered in her bed. Field's idealistic instincts push him to investigate the case, but his attempts are met with apathy - then menace - from his colleagues. He beings to recognize that some cases in Shanghai are intended to remain unsolved, and, in a matter of days, he glimpses the murky depths that lurk beneath a luminous city.
Field's drive to find the murderer leads him to Lena's neighbor, Natasha Medvedev. A stunning beauty who fled her charmed life in tsarist Russia, Natasha escaped the Revolution but landed, like many of her counterparts, in a treacherous life in Shanghai. Natasha travels in an elite circle - one that orbits, Field knows, around the city's most feared drug lord, Lu Huang. As Field's attraction to the beguiling Natasha grows, he is faced with a piercing question: Can he trust someone whose only goal is self-preservation? And is it wise to fall in love with a woman who may herself be the next victim?
Trusting only his Chicago-hardened American partner, Caprisi, Field follows leads that run into the heart of a lawlessly corrupt city, slowly uncovering a web of deception that will leave him reeling.

& Taylor

The brutal murder of a Russian woman in Shanghai drags Richard Field, a young English policeman, deep into the bowels of this tumultuous, corruption-ridden city in 1926 as he investigates Shanghai's opulent expatriate community and finds himself increasingly attracted to the dead woman's neighbor, Natasha Medvedev, who could hold a key to the crime. A first novel.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2002
ISBN: 9780385503976
Branch Call Number: F BRA
Characteristics: 452 p. ; 25 cm


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