A Perfect Crime

A Perfect Crime

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Publisher's Synopsis


A chilling literary thriller about a motiveless murder in provincial China

'One of the most important voices to emerge from the People's Republic in years' Daily Express

On a normal day in provincial China, a teenager goes about his regular business, but he's also planning the brutal murder of his only friend. He lures her over, strangles her, stuffs her body into the washing machine and flees town, whereupon a perilous game of cat-and-mouse begins.

A shocking investigation into the despair that traps the rural poor as well as a technically brilliant excursion into the claustrophobic realm of classic horror and suspense, A Perfect Crime is a thrilling and stylish novel about a motiveless murder that echoes Kafka's absurdism, Camus' nihilism and Dostoyevsky's depravity. With exceptional tonal control, A Yi steadily reveals the psychological backstory that enables us to make sense of the story's dramatic violence and provides chillingly apt insights into a country on the cusp of enormous social, political and economic change.

Book information

ISBN: 9781780747057
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Imprint: Point Blank
Pub date:
DEWEY: 895.136
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 210
Weight: 316g
Height: 208mm
Width: 138mm
Spine width: 24mm