The Master of Rain

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Shanghai, 1926: a sultry city lousy with opium, warlords, and corruption at the highest levels. Into this steamy morass walks Richard Field, an idealistic Brit haunted by his past and recently appointed to the international police. He’s not there long before called to the flat of a Russian prostitute, former daughter of privilege found sadistically murdered, handcuffed to her bed. When he discovers among her possessions a cryptic shipping log, he senses that this murder is more than a random crime of perverse passion. What unfolds is a searing story that propels Field into a confrontation with the city’s most ruthless and powerful gangster, and a dangerous attraction to another salacious Russian whose sordid connections seem destined to make her the next victim. Scintillating and subtle, The Master of Rain is a marvelous debut.

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Tom Bradby's third novel (though his first to be published in the U.S.) is a feverish work of historical noir, a labyrinthine thriller set in a vicious world where everyone--as in Bogart's Casablanca--has a reason for hiding. The year is 1926; the city is Shanghai, a swamp of organized crime, corruption, turf wars between British intelligence and street-level law enforcement, Communist sympathizers, and East European refugees from Bolshevik atrocities. Into this sweltering, cutthroat port city steps Richard Field, an idealistic policeman from Yorkshire looking to distance himself from a painful past. Ill-suited to Shanghai's heat and shocking violence, Field nevertheless throws himself into investigating the grisly murder of a Russian prostitute, the latest in a line of dead women who lived in the orbit of a powerful Chinese mobster. Slowed by official roadblocks, Field learns that the only man in his department he can trust is a tough Chicago detective, Caprisi, a touchstone of sanity even as Field loses his rookie head over another doomed Russian call girl.

Bradby, a seasoned correspondent for Britain's ITN television network, has obviously spent considerable time researching 1920s Shanghai. His feel for the city's Byzantine society and exotic textures is matched by his accessible vision of Shanghai as a junction of international fallout and internal intrigue. Less compelling, if not outright distracting, is Bradby's more contemporary emphasis on ghastly serial killings with a sex-crime edge. But in the end, the book's remarkable prose and density of experience are uniquely rewarding. --Tom Keogh

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"In this ambitious, atmospheric crime novel, a city on the brink is re-created with impressive diligence." --The New York Times

"Bradby has done for Shanghai what Raymond Chandler did for Los Angeles." –Time

“A great murder story.” --Esquire

“Should especially please fans of P.D. James and John le Carré.” --New York Daily News

“This is an immensely atmospheric, gripping detective story with just the right mixture of exoticism, violence and romance.” --The Times (London)

“A satisfying feast for the mind and the senses.” —Charleston Post & Courier

“This well-conceived and –rendered novel is a brooding tale of lust, murder and corruption. . . . just what you want in a thriller.” —The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

“Tom Bradby’s The Master of Rain certainly makes him a candidate for eventual superstardom.” —Fort Worth Star Telegram

“Like a Russian nesting doll, the plot’s layers split to reveal new layers.” —Portsmouth Herald

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