Part suspense tale, part Joy Luck Club and part Sophie’s Choice, The Devil of Nanking is a lyrical novel in which secrets foreshadow the undoing in their bearers, and publicity of the secrets gives redemption. History, folklore and historic taboos are interwoven seamlessly with the modern-day mystery, which starts whilst Grey, a young Englishwoman, arrives penniless in Tokyo, nursing a main obsession. Grey, of course, isn't her real name. She acquired it from a bedmate at a clinic some years before: “I turned into grey. Thin and white and a touch bit see-through. Nothing in any respect left alive in me. A ghost.” A ghost with an obsession, however: a scholar’s urge to acquire a rare bit of movie footage from the 1937 Nanking massacre.

Before the start of World War II, the Imperial Japanese Army had invaded China. By wintry weather of 1937, the army had reached Nanking. The atrocities were unspeakable; by some accounts extra than 400,000 Chinese were murdered, piled in a mountain of corpses on the city’s edge. More than 5 many years have passed, however Grey feels that the key to her seek lies with Dr. Shi Chongming, a visitor lecturer at Todai University in Tokyo, who were a resident of Nanking at the time of the massacre. In between meetings with the standoffish professor, Grey ought to find a manner to make a few brief money, so she accepts a activity as a hostess at a today's Tokyo nightspot. Here she meets an elderly yakuza, a man with a terrible secret. Grey is not any stranger to terrible secrets and techniques herself, and she is about to uncover yet some other with the help of the inscrutable Dr. Chongming.

By way of warning, that is a traumatic book, and there are scenes of graphic (however in no way gratuitous) violence which are necessary to portray such bad events. By any measure, The Devil of Nanking is a novel that resonates long after the ultimate web page has been turned.


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