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The Speaker of Mandarin

The twelfth Wexford novel published by Hutchinson in


I had gone aboard and was minded to depart,
When I heard from the shore your song with tap of foot.
The pool of peach blossom is a thousand feet deep.
But not so deep as the love in your farewell to me. 1

Wherever Reg Wexford goes, death and intrigue are close on his heels. Having just returned from a once-in-a-lifetime holiday in China, Wexford finds himself haunted by memories of the woman with bound feet who mysteriously followed him from one city to the next and the man who tragically drowned.

Now, back in England, he finds himself investigating the murder of a fellow tourist. Knowing that the clue to these three mysteries lies in the East, Wexford turns his investigative skills to that place of unfathomable and sinister depths.

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Footnotes

  1. The quoted poems To Wang Lun by Li Po, Drinking Song by Shen Hsun and Song of a Chaste Wife by Zhang Ji, are taken from the Penguin Book of Chinese Verse. ↩︎

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