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Hanging Devils
Hanging Devils

Hanging Devils

Hong Jun Investigates

Hong Jun Investigates


316 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: May 2016

ISBN 9780734399571

Rights: US & CA

Penguin Books China (May 2016)

Price: $15.95


In his dogged pursuit of a killer, Hong Jun must walk the fine line between the ways of the East and the West

Early 1990s China: Newly returned from the US, lawyer Hong Jun has just set up practice in a fledgling legal system when his first case walks through the door. 10 years ago a local beauty was killed on a state-owned farm in China's frozen northeast, and the police rushed to pin the crime on a likely culprit. Was the right man put away for the crime? In his struggle to uncover the truth, Hong Jun ruffles more than a few feathers. As many race to cash in on China's glittering future, he is forced to challenge those who put personal ambition above the rule of law—and those who will do anything to hide the sins of the past. In the finest tradition of international crime fiction, Hanging Devils is a gripping novel inspired by real events.


"Compelling plots, packed with fascinating information about the justice system . . . vivid, lyrical descriptions of everyday life." —The World of Chinese

"Traditional thriller with Chinese characteristics." —the Wall Street Journal

"Spot-on, classic-crime tone and highly charged atmosphere." —Asia Literary Review

Author Biography

He Jiahong is one of China's leading experts on criminal evidence, evidential investigation, and criminal procedure. He obtained his doctorate in judicial science from Northwestern University in Illinois and is a law professor at the People's University in Beijing. As well as publishing extensively on legal matters, he has written several bestselling crime novels, including a series of four books featuring the character of Hong Jun.