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A police procedural with a difference set in China

Philip Ye stole my heart, yes… the brilliant enigmatic detective simply stole it all away.

Then came Constable Ma, the accused – I wanted to hold her and tell her don’t worry. It will be okay

Fatty Deng was one of the best investigators for the prosecutor

Finally Prosecutor Xu Ya, the woman I was jealous of. You see, she had a huge crush on Philip Ye, so she became my competitor. And yeah she was intelligent.

All 4 came together to solve the mystery of a disappeared lad and a murder in the alley.

Laurence Westwood is a brilliant author, he had my breath hitched with the magnanimity of his writing. The words… Oh my.. the words with its subtlety and perceptive sharpness had me in total awe of the brain which could write a magnum opus that this book was. I don’t have enough adverbs to express the exhilaration I felt when each subplot was linked so astutely.

The story had hidden depths that were revealed at strategic points. I lost myself trying to get to them all. The plotlines had so many layers that each one revealed not only the culture and legal conditions in China, it showed me their spirituality. The mystery in the book was obvious, but the suspense was built in each page through the maze that the plot was. The dead ends that I thought them to be were simply clues written by the brilliant author.

There are some books which demand that they ought to be read with patience, giving it the time and the loving care that it deserved. This book was one of them. I was about to run through it, but the words held my hand lovingly, made me stop, and take a moment or two or three and read the whole night away. That was the beauty of an intricate story which had been told from the heart but written from a very intelligent brain.

In short, I would say this police procedural had a soul, and an author like Laurence brought it to light with the ingenuity of his words. My midnight read… And it deserved losing sleep over.

I received a digital copy of the book from the author, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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After a (probably ill-advised) degree in Theoretical Physics, Laurence commenced upon a varied career in law enforcement and information security consultancy.

He regularly lectures at the University of Warwick on computer law and IP enforcement.

He has had a long-standing fascination with the political, military, social and legal history of China.

He lives just outside of Stratford-upon-Avon, England.

Chengdu: a teeming, modern metropolis.

Yet China’s painful turbulent history still leaves its mark on the minds of all who live there.

Philip Ye, half English, half Chinese, is a homicide detective with the Chengdu Public Security Bureau who suffers his own anguish from a life blighted by tragedy and the unsettling appearance of ghosts that often intrude in on his investigations.

On a misty grey morning one such apparition leads him to a busy street corner during the rush hour where he bears witness to a shocking event. Against his better judgment, Phillip is drawn into the search for a missing, vulnerable boy. His investigation brings him into contact with Xu Ya, a brilliant and beautiful public prosecutor. She is new to Chengdu, determined not only to make her mark but to also leave behind her own personal heartbreak. They have crossed paths before. He has no memory of her, but she remembers him very well indeed….

Soon enough Philip Ye has a vicious murder on his hands, and then another – the boy’s disappearance seemingly sparking a chain of violent events. With the help of Xu Ya – dedicated to upholding făzhì, the Rule of Law, in China ‒ and her indefatigable and worldly-wise assistant Fatty Deng, Phillip Ye is quickly on the trail of a mysterious figure known as The Willow Woman. But, unbeknownst to them all, there are secretive and subversive forces at work within the dark heart of the city and tremendous danger awaits…

Publication Date : 7th January 2019

24 Responses

  1. Yay!! Glad you loved this book obviously as much as I did! Brilliant review, Shalini and oh, yes. Phillip Ye stole my heart, too! I couldn’t get enough of him.
    I totally agree on Laurence Westwood. He is a skilled writer and the story he wove was absolutely epic and magnificent. I loved the book so much!!!

  2. Well, I cannot believe that all of my words have been caressed all night long by your baby brown eyes, Shalini! Thank you for reading my book and for saying so many nice words about it. I shall never forget you even though you are now in love with someone else….

    1. Thank you so much for writing this beautiful story. I didn’t really expect to like the nuances of it. So many resonated with me.

      Well I did spend the night with you. You wrote the book and the characters so it was all you…
      Well, fictional characters are easy to love. The question is would Philip Ye ever love me back or Laurence Westwood? 🤔😉😉🙄😜

  3. Wow, this book sounds amazing. I love that paragraph where you describe the necessity of taking your time with this book. It sounds very gripping and thought provoking. Lovely review Shalini.

    1. It was a police procedural an investigation at the core but in the land of cultural country like China where things have to be managed delicately

    1. Hahaha 😂 😂 well, I hope so…. I am having too many of this competition…. My eyes are on you too now 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
      Thank you so much ❤️ 😘

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