The Devil Of Nanking: A Novel by Mo HayderThe Devil Of Nanking: A Novel by Mo Hayder

The Devil Of Nanking: A Novel

byMo Hayder

Paperback | February 13, 2006

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Grey has come to Tokyo in pursuit of a past she doesn’tunderstand, searching for a lost piece of film supposedly taken during theinfamous Nanking Massacre in 1937. But the only man who can help her won’t.Increasingly desperate in an alien city, Grey takes a job at an unsavoury club.There, one terrifying customer, rumoured to possess a secret health elixir,becomes suddenly interested in her. Now Grey is about to uneart  the horrorthat links the present with the past.

A finalist for three British Crime Writers’ Association Daggerawards, The Devil of Nanking is a harrowing look at life, deathand the relentless power of the past.

After leaving school at fifteen, Mo Hayder worked as a barmaid, security guard, filmmaker, hostess in a Tokyo nightclub, and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. She now teaches at Bath Spa University. She is also the author of Birdman and The Treatment. Mo Hayder lives in Bath, England.
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Title:The Devil Of Nanking: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:February 13, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0006395074

ISBN - 13:9780006395072

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tense I finished this book fairly quickly because I wanted to know what happened next and the mystery surrounding the film. I liked how there was a dual perspective from Grey's account, as she searches for answers surrounding Nanking, and Chongming's account, as it portrays his experiences during the Nanking massacre that would eventually tie his story to Grey's. None of the characters are likeable and I thought that was interesting. Made everything seem a little more real considering no one can be morally good all the time. I don't really know what to say besides the fact that this book kept me intrigued. However, my one major qualm about this book was the first thing Grey does, when she starts her job at the hostess bar, is to ask a Japanese man if he knew about Nanking and if his father served as a soldier in Nanking. So she basically asked, "Oh hey, did your dad kill all of those Chinese people and rape all of their women?" Like it's a pretty intense accusation to make and for some reason all of the other clients were into her stories and gave her the biggest tip out of all the hostesses. Like I was trying to rationalize this thinking that those men hadn't heard too much about the Nanking massacre and were probably interested in hearing more. But to just blatantly ask something so political and to be rewarded for it was jarring and incredibly unrealistic.
Date published: 2018-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Disturbing One of the most intensely brutal books I've ever read.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost Unbearably Intense Grey is a young woman who is driven to find the answer to her past. To find her answer she must seek a piece of rare film taken during the Nanking Massacre. This obsession takes her to Tokyo and into the world of hostess bars and the yakuza, the Japanese mafia. Chapters alternate with Grey's present and a memoir of an old man she meets written during the days of the Japanese invasion of Nanking. The atmosphere is dark and imposing. From the start the reader is aware of an impending doom. The mind races as we try to imagine what could be so horrible. The mounting tension is almost unbearable. Until finally, shock after shock is revealed and it was with pounding heart and shortness of breath I closed the book. This is quite different from Hayder's first two books. The historical aspect was wonderfully done. I have a particular interest in this period, of the Japanese war atrocities (Asian Holocaust) and particularly the 'Rape of Nanking'. Hayder writes a brutal, disturbing and heart-wrenching story. The pace is also slower than in the other books but when it comes to gruesome details Hayder sure knows how to pack a punch. I can't wait to read her next book "Pig Island" which sounds like it crosses over into the horror genre. All along I've thought her books have been somewhere between thriller and horror. The Devil of Nanking is recommended to both those interested in the Nanking Massacre and those who enjoy a heart-pounding thriller.
Date published: 2008-04-25