| Apr 8, 2014

Obituary: Peter Martin

by Mike Barrett

Peter Martin, former director of the British Council who was also a Japan-inspired detective novel writer known as James Melville, died recently. He was 83. Born in London in 1931, Martin studied philosophy at university but eventually pursued a career in the arts and ...

Two alluring mysteries set in China

Jul 20, 2013

Two alluring mysteries set in China

by Mark Schreiber

Qiu Xiaolong’s police procedural novels, featuring Shanghai police inspector Chen Cao, have gradually shifted from the earlier themes dealing with the deep wounds left by the insanity of the 1960s’ Cultural Revolution, and have more recently focused on social issues more relevant to present-day ...