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Taut, gritty, sexy, and harrowing, The Devil of Nanking is an incomparable literary thriller set in one of the world’s most fascinating cities—Tokyo—from an internationally best-selling author.

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Internationally best-selling author Mo Hayder’s two previous novels have won her a reputation for harrowing, haunting, and pitch-perfect thriller writing. Taut, gritty, and sexy, her new novel, The Devil of Nanking—already a finalist for Britain’s Dagger Award—takes the reader on an electrifying literary ride from the decadent hostess bars and palatial apartments of yakuza kingpins in Tokyo, to deep inside the secret history of one of the twentieth century’s deadliest, most shameful events—the Nanking massacre.

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With the redolent atmosphere of an Ian Rankin and the spine-chilling characters of a Thomas Harris, The Devil of Nanking is a tour de force that confirms Mo Hayder as one of the literary thriller’s most accomplished, terrifying, and thoroughly entertaining rising stars.

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