[UPDATE: I owe Mr. Pin Ho an apology. After further investigation he is right about the South China Morning Post, they definitely appear to be under the direction of Beijing!]
"We are not here to be taught a lesson in democracy. Those times are gone forever."
A fantastic and elucidating recounting of the murder of a Brit business type in China by the wife of Bo Xialai, high gov't official, jockeying to be alpha dog of China! The author, Pin Ho, a professional journalist covering current news in China and the internals of the Chinese Communist Party, enlightens the reader on myriad and sundry events, explaining the rampant corruption and circumstances leading to - - and surrounding - - the murder. If you're lacking in information about China, you'll feel like an expert after perusing this book.
My two points of criticism: the author describes the Hong Kong newspaper, the South China Morning Post, as pro-Beijing. Now Pin Ho (the author) is infinitely more knowledgeable about the China-sphere than I will ever be, but I have read a number of stories on massive human rights abuses perpetrated by the CCP in China in that newspaper, not picked up by other newspapers and news outlets, et cetera! And here's a recent link on an article on the Social Credit System written in the SCMP paper:
The second criticism derives from p. 276, when the author makes an incredibly bizarre assertion, claiming that there's NO EVIDENCE on Bo Xilia covering up his wife's murder, AFTER the author tells us that Bo illegally detained four police officers who were investigating the murder and forced them to say that his wife was framed for the murder; after firing the police chief and illegally detaining three of the chief's staff for interrogation; and, plotting to have the police chief killed, making it appear to be a suicide. If that's not covering up something, then I'm the King of the Universe! ! ! [This was the one really weird aspect of this book, thankfully.]
China is still run like and ancient, bloody and brutal dynasty - - nothing has changed!