China in the early 21st century is the world's fastest-growing economy, offering business and cultural opportunities unparalleled in modern history. Yet the glamour of pristine skyscrapers and the glitz of the newly rich and famous hides an uglier reality, one where the ethics of revolution have been forgotten, only money secures justice, officials often tolerate inhumane living and working conditions and countless lives are ruined ... In these fictionalised accounts of actual events and people, Bruce Dalbrack unveils the darker side of the Chinese economic miracle, and the important messages this holds for the future.
On the face of it, Jabbour Douaihy’s June Rain doesn’t look like a mystery novel. We generally know who’s at fault in the novel’s main crime, a shoot-out in a village church. But because it was... [ Read full review ]