Hardback The Shanghai factor / Charles McCarry.
Publication year: 2013
Publisher: London Head of Zeus
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781781855096 (hbk.) : 9781781855089 (ebook) :
Originally published: New York: Mysterious Press.
He's deep undercover but, so far, the job hasn't been too tough: polishing his Mandarin, drinking every night and falling deeper in love with the beautiful but enigmatic Mei. Just when he thought life had settled into a pleasant routine, he is called back to Washington and handed a dangerous brief: infiltrate the very core of the Chinese Secret Police. Work alone. But in Shanghai city you're never alone. Faceless strangers linger in the shadows. No one is safe from the Guoanbo. Not even a spy with no name.
292 pages ; 24 cm
Ultimately disappointing. Despite having a decent premise and the plot being nicely and stylishly driven along, the main characters soon develop into caricatures. The plot soon became increasingly strained with the denouement rather hurried and throwaway, certainly in comparison to the earlier pace and tenor. A shame really as the initial promise created a real page-Turner.