The Slaughter Pavilion

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'The world will witness my despair . . .'

In the heart of Beijing's business district, a man throws himself off the top of a building. Tied to an advertising hoarding on the roof, he leaves behind his dead and frozen child.

Having earlier rejected the man's plea for help, Beijing private investigator Song has enough to deal with – Song’s own father-in-law, soon to be tried on corruption charges, is found dead. Did he kill himself or was someone else involved?

But Song cannot forget the man and his frozen child. When he starts to investigate, he and his team are drawn into a web of evil that extends from the scorching Beijing summer to the slums of London. And in a country where justice is often for sale, can Song discover the truth before it is buried for good?

About Catherine Sampson

Catherine Sampson started her career in the BBC and has worked as Beijing correspondent for The Times. She now lives in Beijing with her husband and three children. Catherine's debut, Falling off Air, was published in 2004 to outstanding critical acclaim and the stunning sequel, Out of Mind, will be available soon in trade paperback.

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