US Title: The Devil of Nanking
Awards: Winner of 'Prix SNCF du polar enropéen' France, 2006. Nominated for the CWA Gold, Silver and Steel Dagger. Also nominated for a Barry for Best UK novel.
Grey Hutchins is in pursuit of an obsession. She is searching for a piece of film taken during the infamous Nanking massacre of 1937. Some say it never existed. Grey is certain that it does, and that it lies hidden – somewhere in Tokyo.
Alone in an alien city, Grey becomes a hostess in an exclusive club catering for Japanese businessmen – and gangsters. One gangster dominates: an ancient man in a wheelchair rumoured to rely on a powerful elixir for his continued health.
It is an elixir that other people want - at any price...
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