The Master of Rain

The Master of Rain by Tom Bradby. This historical mystery set in Shanghai in 1926 begins with the murder of a young Russian woman. Richard Field, British, member of the Special Branch, and newly arrived in China, is partnered with an American detective from the Crime Branch to investigate. As the case develops, Field discovers that finding anyone to trust is difficult within a police department rife with political intrigue and corruption and within a multinational city such as Shanghai. The pace of the book is quite good and the mystery plot has sufficient twists, though some of the red herrings are a bit obvious and one wonders about the lack of decisive action by a supposedly ruthless and violent criminal. There is a fair amount of sexual content and blue language, so this may not be a choice for all readers. However, these quibbles did not stop me from reading the second Bradby mystery, The White Russian.


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