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Tess Gerritsen (2011) The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel.

Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles struggle to solve the murder of a red haired woman dressed all in black. The victim was found on a roof top with a severed hand. Bone-chilling!

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Eliot Pattison (2001) The Skull Mantra. (Inspector Shan Tao Yun)

Disgraced Beijing police inspector, Shan Tao Yun, investigates the killing of a local official, while suffering political punishment as a laborer on a road crew called the People's 404th Construction Brigade high in the Himalayas. A top-notch thriller and a substantive look at Tibet under siege.

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Henning Mankell (2010) The Man from Beijing. [Audio Book]

Mankell's latest thriller is a bit too preachy. His portrait of conflicts among Beijing's power elite is naive, but the story is complex enough to keep you interested.

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Robert van Gulik (2007) The Chinese Maze Murders: A Judge Dee Mystery. (First published in 1957)

Legal thriller from 7th century China. The plot is based on real crime-detecting judge Ti Jen-chieh (630-700 AD). Fairly accurate rendering of traditional Chinese court proceedings with a colorful portrait of social and cultural conditions ancient China. One of the best books in the Judge Dee Mystery series.

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Robert Ludlum (1987) The Bourne Supremacy.

In the second episode of Ludlum's Jason Bourne trilogy, David Webb, is struggling with the aid of a psychiatrist to recover from amnesia. Webb, one-time secret U.S. agent, is persuaded to re-assume his Bourne identity to hunt down an assassin, who is killing highly-placed officials in Kowloon and Hong Kong.

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Eliot Pattison (2002) Water Touching Stone. (Inspector Shan Tao Yun)

Shan Tao Yun, a former high-ranking, but disgraced, police investigator from Beijing, roams across the wastes of northern Tibet in a virtually endless and dangerous search for the killer of a teacher and several orphaned boys. A reverence for the beleaguered people of Tibet.

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Paul Adam (2004) Flash Point.

In the Himalayas of Tibet, journalist Maggie Walsh joins the search for the baby in whom a new Dalai Lama has been reincarnated. What follows is a cat and mouse chase between the Chinese Public Security Bureau and the group of Buddhist monks. Nelson DeMille calls the book "fast-paced and refreshingly original".

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John Burdett (1997) The Last Six Million Seconds: A Thriller.

In this fast action-packed thriller Hong Kong Chief Inspector Chan Siukai investigates a triple murder among American gangsters and Chinese warlords - with the transition of sovereignty from Great Britain to the PRC only 6 million seconds away. Violent.

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Jonathan Gash (2006) The Year of the Woman.

Young woman in Hong Kong is threatened by Triad leader, but manages to get away unharmed. Hillariously funny but also touching.

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Dorothy Gilman (1985) Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station.

Suburban grandmother, Mrs. Pollifax, working for the CIA in communist China. The sweet little lady rescues a prisoner from a labor camp. If you like strange stories - this is for you!

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