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Das Flüstern der Schatten The first in a suspenseful new trilogy by the internationally bestselling author of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats this gripping story follows a retired expat journalist in contemporary China who tries to crack a murder case as he battles his own personal demonsAmerican expat Paul Leibovitz was once an ambitious advisor dedicated father and loving husband But after living for nearly thirty years in Hong Kong personal tragedy strikes and Paul’s marriage unravels in the falloutNow Paul is living as a recluse on an outlying island of Hong Kong When he makes a fleeting connection with Elizabeth a distressed American woman on the verge of collapse his life is thrown into turmoil Less than twenty four hours later Elizabeth’s son is found dead in Shenzhen and Paul invigorated by a newfound purpose sets out to investigate the murder on his ownAs Paul Elizabeth and a detective friend descend deeper into the Shenzhen underworld—against the wishes of a woman with whom Paul has had a flirtation—they discover dark secrets hidden beneath China’s booming new wealth In a country where rich businessmen with expensive degrees can corrupt the judicial system the potential for evil aboundsPart love story part crime thriller Whispering Shadows is the captivating tale of one man’s desperate search for redemption within the vice of a world superpower a place where secrets from the past threaten to upend the country’s unchecked drive towards modernization Disclaimer This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI really enjoyed this one I loved the complexities It did take a long time for the story to really take off since it was character driven I think my biggest issue was with the fact that when dealing with the big baddie it was resolved a little too uickly Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for an opportunity to read Whispering Shadows This was the first book I have read by Jan Philipp Sendker It is set in contemporary China and told primarily from the perspective of an American expat Paul who has been living in Hong Kong for 30 years It's hard to pigeon hole the genre that Whispering Shadows fits into It's sort of a mystery involving the death of an other American But the mystery is not very complex and the book doesn't really focus on solving of the mystery It's also about Paul and his struggle to deal with his son's death that occurred a few years prior to the beginning of the book And it's very much about contemporary China as seen through the eyes of someone who has lived there for 30 years speaks the language fluently and still struggles to understand how things work Somehow all of this comes together uite well and makes for a very readable book I especially liked the observations about China the politics the history the lives of ordinary people and the geography It was woven really well into the narrative and gave me a strong sense of place and context And made me want to read about China and fiction set in contemporary China And I was surprised to read that this is a translation from the German because it does not read like a translation I understand that this is meant to be part of a trilogy and I will look forward to Sendker's next book I read Sendker’s first book “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” and loved it so I couldn’t wait to read his follow up I found it hard to put down; read it within two days Needless to say I enjoyed the story It’s than your standard mystery thriller the author also gives insight into the setting the story takes place in this book Hong Kong While I have traveled to China it gave me a glimpse into the dark side of China that you only get a glimpse of in movies The author focuses on two men Paul Leibovitz – an American living on an island of Hong Kong and Zheng Lin – a Chinese homicide detective living in Shenzhen We learn about each character’s past and their shared need to find redemption as they search for the Owen’s son Sendker does an amazing job of developing characters and the setting so you can easily imagine yourself witnessing everything that you read It reminded me of a book that I just finished by Joseph Kanon “Istanbul Passage” I highly recommend it and I am now a confirmed fan of Sendker Thanks to NetGalley and Atria for allowing me access to this advance reader copyI loved Jan Philipp Sendker’s “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” so I was very eager to read this It’s definitely a bit different from “Heartbeats” It’s a blend of a love story a tale of loss and healing and a crime thriller set in modern day Hong Kong and China Paul Leibovitz lives a life of self imposed exile on Lamma Island in Hong Kong His only son Justin died three years ago of leukemia and his wife has divorced him He lives simply and uietly keeping his contact with other people to a bare minimum to preserve the memory of his son Every year he hikes to the top of a local mountain in a solitary pilgrimage to honor his son who used to accompany him On this particular year he makes incidental contact with an American woman Elizabeth Owen who is in distress It turns out her adult son Michael has gone missing while in China on business and she begs Paul to assist her and her husband in locating him Reluctantly Paul agrees to help He asks his old friend Zhang a detective with the Hong Kong police force to help As they investigate secrets and corruption come to light and both Paul and Zhang have to confront their own inner demonsThis book employs the alternating narrator device I didn’t love it here – while it allows the reader to gain additional perspective from the main characters’ point of view it can make for a choppy reading experience – especially in this case where there were at least six narrators I especially enjoyed Paul and Zhang’s narration and was a little irritated when one of the other narrators “interrupted”The book provides some interesting insight into the political business and economic landscape in modern Hong Kong and China and some lovely local color The parts of the book dealing with food and cooking ualify as full on “food porn” There are some touching and emotional moments too as Paul slowly comes out of his shell and comes to grips with the loss of his son especially at the end in a letter he pens to his lost sonThis is apparently the first in a trilogy – I will definitely look forward to the next installation and getting to know Paul and Zhang a little better

  • Hardcover
  • 341 pages
  • Das Flüstern der Schatten
  • Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • English
  • 21 June 2016
  • 9781476793641

About the Author: Jan-Philipp Sendker

Jan Philipp Sendker born in Hamburg in 1960 and longing to travel the world became the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995 and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999 In 2000 he published Cracks in the Great Wall a nonfiction book about China The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is his first novel and since then he has written 3 further novels including a seuel to The Art of

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