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Description - The Chinaman by Stephen Leather

Stephen Leather's BESTSELLING breakthrough thriller. The Chinaman understood death. Jungle-skilled, silent and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless when his two eldest daughters had been raped and killed by Thai pirates. Now all that was behind him. Quiet, hard-working and unassuming, he was building up his South London take-away business. Until the day his wife and youngest daughter were destroyed by an IRA bomb in a Knightsbridge department store. Then, simply but persistently, he began to ask the authorities who were the men responsible, what was being done. And was turned away, fobbed off, treated as a nuisance. Which was when the Chinaman, denied justice, decided on revenge. And went back to war.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780340580257
ISBN-10: 0340580259
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 123mm x 28mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Hodder Paperback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publish Date: 1-Nov-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - The Chinaman by Stephen Leather

US Kirkus Review » Vietnamese guerrilla takes on the IRA in London and the Belfast countryside, by the author of 1989's slick, smooth, fast-paced The Fireman (1990). Nguyen Ngoc Minh, who owns DOUBLE HAPPINESS TAKE-AWAY, a Chinese fast-food shop in London, is just so patient with Scotland Yard's Antiterrorist Unit - and then takes matters into his own hands following the deaths of his wife and daughter in a department store that has been bombed by a renegade IRA team using a motorcycle packed with 25 pounds of Semex-H. Why doesn't Scotland Yard just arrest all the IRA members? he asks. After he gets no results from the police, Nguyen sells his restaurant, arms himself to the hilt, and sets out for Belfast and the suspected head of the terrorists responsible. Soon IRA blood is flying, and Nguyen plants bombs in cars, moves about the countryside like a shadow in camouflage, and traps Liam Hennessy, a Belfast lawyer whom Nguyen thinks is head man of the terrorists. But Hennessy denies responsibility and tries to throw the blame on others. Nguyen gives him three days to come up with the killers. Meanwhile, Nguyen's being tracked by Scotland Yard and also by an alcoholic reporter who sees the rehabilitation of his reputation in a firsthand story from Nguyen. The novel's richest moments come with Nguyen's modes of operation and with types of bomb-making, which Leather blueprints to a fare-thee-well. Ironically, Nguyen finds himself being tracked by a very capable IRA girl who can read his faintest tracks like headlines. The climax comes with a bomb planted in a British Airways plane. Strong suspense as bomber tracks bombers tracking bomber. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Stephen Leather

Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an ebook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country's most successful ebook authors and his titles have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages and he has also written for television. You can learn more from Stephen's website,, find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter at Stephen also has a website for his Spider Shepherd series,, and for his Jack Nightingale series,

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