Thief of Souls (Inspector Lu Fei, Book 1)
In Brian Klingborg's Thief of Souls, the brutalmurder of a young woman in a rural village in Northern China sendsshockwaves all the way to Beijing—but seemingly only Inspector LuFei, living in exile in the small town, is interested in justicefor the victim.Lu Fei is a graduate of China's top police college but he's beenassigned to a sleepy backwater town in northern China, where almostnothing happens and the theft of a few chickens represents a majorcrime wave. That is until a young woman is found dead, her organsremoved, and joss paper stuffed in her mouth. The CID inBeijing—headed by a rising political star—is on the case but in anincreasingly authoritarian China, prosperity and politicalstability are far more important than solving the murder of aninsignificant village girl. As such, the CID head is interested inpinning the crime on the first available suspect rather than wadinginto uncomfortable truths, leaving Lu Fei on his own.As Lu digs deeper into the gruesome murder, he finds himselffacing old enemies and creating new ones in the form of localCommunist Party bosses and corrupt business interests. Despitethese rising obstacles, Lu remains determined to find the realkiller, especially after he links the murder to other unsolvedhomicides. But the closer he gets to the heart of the mystery, themore he puts himself and his loved ones in danger.