The Third Messiah

Christopher West

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Anzhuang Wang, a detective in the Beijing police department, starts investigating a cult - the New Church of the Heavenly Kingdom - when his sister-in-law "Julie" gets involved with the group. The church has ties that lead back to the 19th century Taiping Rebellion and maintains a strictly non-political stance. Still, given the current climate in Beijing, the recent crackdown on the Fa Lun Gong, and the current initiation from above against nuisance crime, there is much about the situation to make Wang nervous.

As a cloud of death and danger begins to surround the church, Wang must now find a way to protect his family, defy the pressure from somewhere high above him in the party structure, and uncover the truth before it is too late.

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The Third Messiah
1The peasants stood by the statue of Colonel Sanders and grinned. One of them put an arm around the white plastic waist; another tickled the Colonel's white plastic beard. The one with the camera stepped back, fiddled with the machine--he'd just bought it today, off a market stall, and still wasn't sure how it worked."Big smile!" he told them, and pressed the button. Several times."Tamade!" he cursed."Take it back!""No, let Lao Wu have a go." Lao Wu, Old Wu, the expert on everything."I want to be in the picture," a man in a bright red jacket protested--but in vain.

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Christopher West

Christopher West has traveled in and studied China for more than twenty years. He is the author of three previous novels in this series including Death of a Blue Lantern, a finalist for the 1998 Anthony Award. He lives in London, England.

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The Third Messiah
Christopher West

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2011
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ISBN: 9780312276300
ISBN10: 0312276303
272 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
October 2000
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ISBN: 9780312266653
ISBN10: 0312266650
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
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