A terrific example of what the "true crime" genre is all about. This was a dark and tragic tale in a bizarre and colorful part of the world where the English lived a life of privilege, which they have been so go at throughout their empire-building history. The naiveté of a young English girl playing where she shouldn't have been playing led to her ominous end. Paul French takes us on a thrill ride through the back alleys, brothels, and opium dens of old Peking to piece together the events leading to the girl's murder which, thanks to political power and cover-ups, was never solved. Although in his research, the author seems to have tied up the mystery very neatly and has come closer than anyone else in solving the case. He brings the reader with him every step of the way in a tense and irresistible chase that kept me with him to the end.