The Devil of Nanking

❰BOOKS❯ ⚡ The Devil of Nanking Author Mo Hayder – Like the thrillers of Thomas Harris and Philip Kerr, Mo Hayder s riveting new novel animates the dark corners of modern history The solitary Englishwoman Grey comes to Japan looking for a rare piece o Like the thrillers of Thomas Harris and Philip Kerr, Mo Hayder s riveting new novel animates the dark corners of modern history The solitary Englishwoman Grey comes to Japan looking for a rare piece of footage that is said to document a particularly monstrous episode of theNanking Massacre Her quest will take her to a reclusive scholar and a wheelchair bound gangster who clings to life with the The Devil PDF or aid of a mysterious elixir, and to a handsome American whose interest in Grey may be sinister than romantic The result is a work of spine chilling suspense, masterful historical detail, and otherworldly beauty.The Devil of Nanking

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  • Paperback
  • 480 pages
  • The Devil of Nanking
  • Mo Hayder
  • English
  • 01 August 2019
  • 9780143036999

10 thoughts on “The Devil of Nanking

  1. says:

    You can be brave and confident as you like, you can convince yourself that you re invulnerable, that you know what you re dealing with You think that it won t ever really get too serious that there ll be some kind of a warning before it goes that far, danger music, maybe, playing offstage, the way you get in films But it seems to me that disasters aren t like that Disasters are life s great ambushers they have a way of jumping on you when your eyes are fixed on something else Rape of NankingObsessions are sometimes strangely conceived We don t know why something out of an onslaught of information sticks with us and won t let go of us For our protagonist Grey growing up in an overly protective home the one thing that slips through all the rigorous controls of her parents is a book, an orange covered book, on the atrocities that happened in Nanking, China in 1937 Maybe the reason she was so interested in what that book had to say was that it talked about an aspect of human behavior that was so far removed from anything else she had ever read about or even thought about Nine years, seven months and eighteen days, is how long she has been researching, investigating every nugget of available information about an atrocity that most people would rather leave buried in the past Nine years, seven months, and eighteen days is how long it has taken her to track down Shi Chongming A man with a secret, a devastating secret Shi Chongming stood in the doorway, very smart and correct, looking at me in silence, his hands at his sides as if he was waiting to be inspected He was incredibly tiny, like a doll, and around the delicate triangle of his face hung shoulder, length hair, perfectly white, as if he had a snow shawl draped across his shoulders He is a Chinese linguist hired by a Japanese university He is a survivor of the 1937 slaughter of Nanking He is the reason that Grey has come from London to Japan She is chasing down a rumor that he has a short film that confirms and exposes the devastation perpetrated on the Chinese civilians by Japanese soldiers Shi Chongming denies it, but not convincingly He puts her off She adds days to her quest Nine years, seven months, and twenty days She is broke Tokyo even in the 1990s recession is one of the most expensive cities in the world.A good looking American named Jason finds her in the park and offers her a place to stay Now Grey is naive, but since she left the confines of her parent s bubble of protection she has received some knocks, some realizations with tragic consequences that have given her some understanding of how the world works Men don t offer to give you shelter without expecting some kind of payment Jason has his own quirks and Grey soon becomes one of them You re hiding something He raised his arms and used the sleeves of his T Shirt to wipe his forehead It s easy I just look at you and I can see it I don t know what it is exactly, but I ve go the the instinct it s something I m going to like See I m a he raised two fingers and lightly tapped his forehead I m a visionary when it come to women I can feel it in the air My God, my skin He shivered and ran his hands down my arms My skin just about changes colour You re wrong I wrapped my hands round my stomach I m not hiding anything Yes, you are I m not He looked at me in amusement Of course you re not Grey is most definitely hiding something A lit poster of Mickey Rourke provided the only source of light in Grey s room in the crumbling house she shares with Jason and a couple of Russian girls.Jason hooks her up with a Madame Strawberry who dresses like Marilyn Monroe, and has procured the help of a plastic surgeon to increase her resemblance to the Hollywood icon She runs an upscale nightclub with a Some Like it Hot theme Grey is not a natural fit for entertaining men, but caucasian hostesses are in short supply, so she is hired on a trial basis It turns out she is pretty good at it In what could have been a disaster she decides to talk about Nanking with a group of men who are the sons of the soldiers that invaded China They know nothing about the barbarity that was perpetrated by their fathers as they crossed China These men who when they returned to Japan hugged their wives, their mothers, and their daughters were the same men who brutally raped Chinese women on an epic scale These men who played games with their sons, and honored their fathers in Japan were the same men who killed so many civilians in Nanking that they had to pile them up in a mound so large that at one point, from a distance, the stack of bodies is mistaken by a resident of the city for Tiger Mountain Civilization, our grandest achievement, is so readily abandoned The veneer of honor is replaced with a total disregard for human life I wish I could say that what happened in Nanking was just an anomaly, but there are plenty of examples in history where civilized human beings became barbarians Grey needs to see that film It will confirm all she has been working for When a man in a wheelchair, a seemingly insignificant event, arrives at the nightclub with an entourage and a nurse of uncertain sexual orientation it quickly becomes apparent to Grey that this is no ordinary man He is a member of an organization called the Yakuza Anywhere in Tokyo you could be aware of the presence of the yakuza the underground gangs who claimed to be descendants of the samurai tradition They were some of the most feared and violent men in Asia Sometimes it was just the sounds of the bosozoku motorcycle gangs that reminded you of their existence, like a chrome wave rolling down Meiji Dori at dead of night, sweeping everything in front of them, the characters for kamikaze painted on their helmets Even Grey, as naive as she is, knows to be careful The quote above reminds me of that scene from the 1989 movie Black Rain when the Andy Garcia character is surrounded by yakuza gangsters with samurai swords whipping through the air on motorcycles in a parking garage One of the most dramatic death scenes on film He was pushing a wheelchair, in which sat a diminutive insectile man, fragile as an ageing iguana His head was small, his skin as dry and crenulated as a walnut, and his nose was just a tiny isosceles, nothing than two shady dabs for nostrils like a skull s The wizened hands that poked out from his suit cuffs were long and brown and dry as dead leaves Fuyuki may need help getting around, but despite his infirmity his power is undiminished As the plot thickens Grey discovers that Fuyuki has something that Shi Chongming desperately wants The only way Grey is going to get to see that film is if she can steal the potion that Fuyuki needs to live I wouldn t say I ve exactly given up on thrillers I used to read them by the wheelbarrow full, but have found them in recent years to be bloated, too influenced by CGI, and frankly unsatisfactory Arah Lynda sent me this book as a recommendation with a compelling wish that I would read it and review it How could I possibly say no By the way Arah Lynda wrote this spectacular review of this book that everyone should read Arah Lynda reviewMo Hayder wrote two stories one set in 1937 with Shi Chongming and the other in the 1990s with Grey Usually when I read a book with two timelines I prefer one or the other and find myself impatiently reading the one that I don t prefer so I can get back to the one that really has my attention NOT the case at all here Both storylines are so compelling that I eagerly gulped down each new revelation in either time period with equal relish Nice neck Mo Mo Hayder also kept me off balance and speculating endlessly between chapters as to what happened to Grey How did she end up in a mental institution where a helpful roommate taught her about jigging new word for me Does Grey have a labeled psychotic condition As the action heats up I was worried about her fragile mental condition and whether each new setback would be the one that put her back in a state of mind that had her institutionalized On the other timeline with Shi Chongming and his wife in Nanking, Hayder puts you right there with them starving to death, paralyzed with fear, unwilling to accept what is happening, and finding yourself lifting a rock over your head to do the unthinkable The pacing is perfect Hayder strings out the information with such patience Each new disclosure packs a punch that will leave you dazed I needed an 8 count than once to let the latest illumination click into place Highly recommended Much than just a thriller, it is like a white knuckled LA freeway experience, coupled with an important expos into the very real tragedy that occurred in Nanking Highly Recommended War, what is it good for Absolutely nothing Will Byrnes wrote an insightful review about the book The Rape of Nanking please don t miss it Click for Will Byrnes ReviewIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

  2. says:

    Mo Hayder delivers the most thought provoking thriller I have ever encountered Set in 1990 Tokyo with roots that take you back to the 1937 Nanking massacre, this account is positively chilling Three voices have entered my head.Grey is a personally troubled, young student from London, with a highly unstable past and a vested interest in her research of war atrocities, most notably the 1937 Nanking Massacre She has come to Tokyo in search of Shi Chonming, a Nanking survivor, who Grey believes also possesses a lost piece of film We learn about her and her obsession with Chongming as the story advances, peeling back the layers slowly as one might an onion.It is 1990 Shi Chongming stood in the doorway, very smart and correct, looking at me in silence, his hands at his sides as if he was waiting to be inspected He was incredibly tiny, like a doll, and around the delicate triangle of his face hung shoulder, length hair, perfectly white, as if he had a snow shawl draped across his shoulders I m not very good at knowing what other people are thinking, but I do know that you can see tragedy, real tragedy, sitting just inside a person s gaze You can almost always see where a person has been if you look hard enough It had taken me such a long time to track down Shi Chongming He was in his seventies, and it was amazing to me that, in spite of his age and in spite of what he must feel about the Japanese, he was here, a visiting professor at Todai, the greatest university in Japan. Chongming We hear his voice as he remembers his time in Nanking We slept fitfully, in our shoes just as before A little before dawn we were woken by a series of tremendous screams It seemed to be coming from only a few streets away and it was distinctly a woman s voice I looked across at Shujin She lay absolutely rigid, her eyes fixed on the ceiling, her head resting on the wooden pillow The screaming continued for about five minutes, getting desperate and horrible, until at last it faded to indistinct sobs, and finally silence Then the noise of a motorcycle on the main street thundered down the alley, shaking the shutters and making the bowl of tea on the bed stand rock At the base of the tree the handcart had been set upright, our blankets and belongings scattered around it A set of muffled tracks led away into the trees I swerved into them, my eyes watering, ducking as the bare branches whipped against my face The track led on for a few yards, then changed I skidded to a halt, my heart racing the tracks had become wider here An area of disturbed snow stretched around me for several feet, as if she had fallen to the ground in pain Or as if there had been a struggle Something lay half buried at my feet I fell to a crouch and snatched it up, turning it over in my hands A thin piece of tape, frayed and torn My thoughts slowed, a terrible dread creeping over me Attached to the tape were two Imperial Japanese Army dogtags. In direct contrast to the atrocities of this story lay Hayder s breathless, lyrical prose She paints vivid scenes with her words In the distance, black against the sky, a behemoth of tinted glass supported by eight massive black columns rocketed up above all the other skyscrapers Four gigantic black marble gargoyles crouched on each corner of the roof, gas streams in their mouths blowing fire jets fifty feet out until the sky seemed to be on fire.Bolted by a mechanical arm to the crown of the skyscraper there was a vast cut out of a woman sitting on a swing Marilyn Monroe She must have been thirty feet from her white high heels to her peroxide hair, and she swung back and forward in fifty foot arcs, molten neon flickering so that her white summer dress appeared to be blowing up above her waist That s Some Like It Hot The club where we work. It is here where Grey finds work and makes a sinister connection, one that may help her convince Chongming to let her see the film she so desperately needs to see.Hayder does not just paint great backdrops she also introduces us to characters that slither deep into our consciousness In the centre of the gang was a slim man in a black polo neck, his hair tied in a ponytail He was pushing a wheelchair, in which sat a diminutive insectile man, fragile as an ageing iguana His head was small, his skin as dry and crenulated as a walnut, and his nose was just a tiny isosceles, nothing than two shady dabs for nostrils like a skull s The wizened hands that poked out from his suit cuffs were long and brown and dry as dead leaves. Hayder deftly controls the pace at which both these narratives unfold, tension building with each turn of the page I was riveted, unwilling just then, to leave behind the events of 1990, and but a few pages later, so equally reluctant to leave Nanking Iris Chang Author of The Rape of Nanking to whom Hayder has dedicated this book, whose bravery and scholarship first lifted the name of Nanking out of obscurity This is her voice I want the rape of Nanking to penetrate into public consciousness Unless we truly understand how these atrocities can happen, we can t be certain that it won t happen again.If the Japanese government doesn t reckon with the crimes of its wartime leaders, history is going to leave them as tainted as their ancestors You can t blame this generation for what happened years ago, but you can blame them for not acknowledging these crimes.Denial is an integral part of atrocity, and it s a natural part after a society has committed genocide First you kill, and then the memory of killing is killed I want to hear .

  3. says:

    Finished this a few days ago, and it might be my favorite book of the year Terrifying Expect a review next week

  4. says:

    Ugh Grey not her real name is on a mission to uncover the truth about Nanking Why, you wonder Well, as a teenager, Grey got knocked up, and then figured that the only way to deal with this was to cut open her own womb She thought the baby would be fine, because she had read that some babies survived this when the Japanese army did the same thing to pregnant women in Nanking Supposedly she believed this because her parents had homeschooled and completely sheltered her, to the point that she didn t know that performing surgery on yourself is not a good idea And even though she read about the actions in Nanking in a book called something like Massacre in Nanking, she thought it was good advice to follow She seemed to think it unfair that this resulted in her being sent to a mental hospital, but I think it was the right place for her Oh, and she got pregnant because as a naive 13 year old, she went off and had sex with 5 unknown teenagers in a van And even though her parents had sheltered her to the point that she didn t know what a condom was, they gave her enough freedom to wander around the neighborhood and jump in random vans All of these facts were huge stumbling blocks for me, and the fact that her background was never explained beyond being sheltered was frustrating If your family life is such that you think a DIY Caesarean is your only option, that sounds interesting Please share The good points were that Grey spends part of the book working in a hostess club, as did the author Since those clubs aren t part of my usual Japan milieu, I was interested enough to keep reading The tension and thriller aspects were practically non existent And I disliked Grey so much that even when she was in mortal peril I didn t care.Not recommended.

  5. says:

    Love, love, love Mo spent time being an escort in Tokyo, so she knows what she s talking about I think this is a fantastic book, mostly because it s so different from her other stuff Really shows amazing range on her part My only quibble is that as horrible as the twist is, it s not as horrible as I was expecting, but that s only because I always expect something nasty from this author And I mean nasty in a good way, not nasty like when your mother tells you not to touch something.Highly recommend.

  6. says:

    I crazily fell in love with Mo after reading this gripping, attracitve and sexy book of novel Now I m reading the French edition

  7. says:

    This book somehow manages to be both a mystery thriller AND a cross between literary and historical fiction at the same time I was just riveted from page one It s hard to believe this is the same author as Ritual which was exciting but certainly not written at this level of detail I completely trusted the world and characters this author has created.I don t give 5 stars very often and though this had a few holes mostly to do with wanting details but not needing them Devil of Nanking deserves all 5 stars for creating such compelling characters and completely inhabiting them This book made me want to runaway to Tokyo taking only cash and my camera And then to runaway from Tokyo as its dark underbelly was exposed In the end, though, I feel I can visit the Tokyo Mo Hayder created just by closing my eyes.

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    Man, what is it with the Japanese Surely there are good and bad people in every culture But the bad Japanese These are in a league of their own I have read accounts and seen documentaries of Japanese POW camps Their torture techniques were elaborately conceived to not only inflict physical agony but also emotional degradation.Now google Nanking if you dare The images are straight out of hell.Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children massacred in 1937 The lucky ones were killed immediately The unlucky endure horrors beyond imagining at the hands of psychopaths devoid of any shred of empathy towards human suffering.Mo Hayder has imagined some horrible evil in her Jack Caffrey series Unfortunately, in The Devil of Nanking, she had history to draw from It s hard to say you ve enjoyed something at the expense of what happened to these poor people.Anyways, Mo Hayder puts her fine writing chops to work based on this time in history So fine, in fact, that her writing was at times unrecognizable from her other crime novels She seemed to find a literary style for this one.The story surrounds an English woman who is obsessed with what she has learned about Nanking, and she travels to Japanfor confirmation of her findings In Grey , Hayder has created a unique character The revelations learned about Nanking from journal entries are just as engaging as learning about Grey and her history.Only one thing made me roll my eyes a bit view spoiler The crazy coincidence that in such a densely populated city, Grey stumbles into a hostess job that immediately places her next to Fuyuki hide spoiler

  9. says:

    4.5 of 5 stars This book, inspired by the real Nanking massacre in 1937, was very dark and very disturbing I can really feel myself holding my own breath as this was so intense, so incredibly terrifying and chilling to read that I can feel the goosebumps all over me while reading this book Especially the ending where it finally showed what was inside that film Grey was seeking My stomach seriously turned The twist of this book made my head spin It was so fitting to have both Grey and Shi Chongming s perspective which was shown in a different timeline, both perspective eventually meet and decided to drop the bomb at the end There are a lot of trigger warnings that everyone should be aware of before reading, but nevertheless, this was very thought provoking I highly highly recommend this for those who are willing to proceed with this kind of book.

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    It is really hard to categorise this book It is really scary but not a horror story well not in the conventional sense There is a mystery at the heart of it but it isn t crime or mystery It is about another culture that is sometimes hard to understand and accept It creeped me out but I had to keep reading though I am not a fan of being scared It was dark and sinister but not bloody and gory It was also enlightening My mother is Chinese and hates the Japanese, which always embarrassed me I guess I have a little understanding of where this comes from now.

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