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A BAFFLING MURDER IN RURAL CHINA.
AN EXILED DETECTIVE.
AND POLITICS AS DEADLY AS A KILLER.

‘Parts the bamboo curtain to reveal a detailed and pacy portrait of police work and everyday life in this gripping crime thriller.’ THE SUN

City of Ice delivers everything one could want in a crime novel – insight, thrills, and entertainment.’ Robert K. Tanenbaum, New York Times bestselling author

In a remote Chinese town – where the theft of a few chickens counts as a major crime – a young woman is found brutally murdered…with her heart, lungs and liver removed. Inspector Lu Fei, a weary cop who fled the city, suddenly finds himself under the intense scrutiny of the ruling party in Beijing.

Determined to find her killer, Lu Fei must navigate a society where politics can be deadly, corruption is rife, and the powerful are untouchable. As evidence connects the case to a string of unsolved murders, Lu must decide what he will risk in search of justice…

‘City of Ice is everything a reader could want in a novel.’ Jack Du Brul, New York Times bestselling author

‘Klingborg truly understands how Chinese bureaucracies work; at the same time he’s a wizard at believable characters, compelling situations, and a propulsive plot.’ SJ Rozan, Edgar Award winner and best-selling

Readers are gripped by CITY OF ICE:

‘A dazzling debut…it’s the perfect example of a riveting read you simply can’t put down. ‘ ***** Goodreads Reviewer

‘This slickly plotted, atmospheric thriller is compulsively readable and a fascinating exploration into a mysterious place and time.’ ***** Goodreads Reviewer

‘The descriptions, the emotions, the depth of characters are amazing.’ ***** Goodreads Reviewer

Reviews

Engrossing and atmospheric, CITY OF ICE takes us through the dirty snow of a Chinese province in a hunt for a serial killer. . An unmissable journey with a Confucian knight errant for the 21st century.
Cara Black, New York Times bestselling author
Everything one could want in a crime novel - insight, thrills, and entertainment. This is not one to miss!
Robert K. Tanenbaum, New York Times bestselling author
A gruesome crime; a rural cop with a keen mind and a sense of his place in modern-day China?CITY OF ICE is written with humor and insight, supplying from page one a plot that rolls steadily down the runway, constantly gaining speed the whole way until with a final burst of takeoff velocity, it takes you to a place you never thought you'd be.
James Church
Like Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko or Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti, Klingborg's Inspector Lu Fei is a determined investigator as well as a wonderful guide to a country and culture unfamiliar to most readers. A thrilling mystery and a delightful novel from beginning to end
Barbara Nickless, bestselling author
A wonderful view into the life of a rural town in the orbit of one of China's huge but secondary cities. Klingborg truly understands how Chinese bureaucracies work; at the same time he's a wizard at believable characters, compelling situations, and a propulsive plot. I'm already looking forward to the second book in this series.
SJ Rozan, Edgar Award winner and best-selling author