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May 2015 Indie Next List
“The author of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats focuses again on what he knows best: the human condition. Love, trust, and friendship are exquisitely woven into a beautiful narrative that draws the reader into another world. Paul Leibovitz has made his home in Hong Kong and has had a very successful life, but a personal tragedy involving his son leaves him bereft and isolated. As he struggles to navigate the losses in his life, Paul is drawn into a mystery involving a missing American businessman. Paul and his Chinese friend, Zhang, attempt to discover the truth and are caught in a web of distrust and lies, and Chinese culture and political history play significant roles in resolving the crime. I loved it!”
— Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL
In this first book of the Rising Dragon series, "explore a side of Hong Kong tourists rarely experience" (Kirkus Reviews
) as an expat journalist tries to crack a murder case in the "darkly beautiful, heart-wrenching" (Booklist,
starred review) thriller set in China from the internationally bestselling author of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
Once an ambitious American expat and a dedicated family man, Paul Leibovitz is living as a recluse on an outlying island of Hong Kong. When he makes a fleeting connection with Elizabeth, a distressed American woman on the verge of collapse, his life is thrown into turmoil. Less than twenty-four hours later, Elizabeth's son is found dead in Shenzhen, and Paul, invigorated by a newfound purpose, sets out to investigate the murder on his own.
As Paul, Elizabeth, and a detective friend descend deeper into a politically corrupt China and the Shenzhen underworld--against the wishes of a woman with whom Paul has a growing flirtation--they discover dark secrets and vestiges of the Cultural Revolution that people will go to any lengths to keep hidden. Part love story, part crime thriller, Whispering Shadows
is the captivating tale of one man's desperate search for redemption within the grip of a world superpower, a place where secrets from the past threaten to upend the future.