The Water Dragon

It’s Hong Kong in August and DI John Chambers is feeling the heat. The trail of the murder suspect he followed to Hong Kong has gone cold, his boss wants him back in London and another dead body has turned up in Mong Kok. Meanwhile, his attraction to Detective Lucy Li isn’t helping his usually impressive powers of deduction. Hong Kong — 2011: A killer documents the elaborate preparations, murders and subsequent media coverage of the gruesome crimes. DI Chambers, seconded to the Hong Kong police, teams up with local Detective Li, to search for the prime suspect. In the process they inadvertently discovering links between a seemingly random spate of deaths. The victims include a young man bludgeoned to death in Kowloon Park’s aviary; a minor Triad found drowned in his bathtub in Mong Kok surrounded by dead rats; and the body of an ex-soldier discovered near a secluded beach on Lantau Island close to a herd of feral water buffalo. Can Chambers and Li discover the killer’s identity before it’s too late? Will the maniac dare to claim another victim at the Chinese New Year celebrations that mark the beginning of the year of the Water Dragon?

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About Dragon Mystic

I fell in love with dragons when I read Tea With the Black Dragon, and never looked back. Not the clunky winged Medieval dragons that ate cows, the graceful Asian dragons that could fly without wings. Later I discovered the elegant Welsh dragons, red and white, as described by R.J. Stewart in his books on the historical Merlin.
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3 Responses to The Water Dragon

  1. Alexandra Dempsey says:

    Great read A fast-paced, page-turning thriller that cleverly weaves suspense and gory visions of the fruits of a serial killer’s labors with a sweet and hopeful romance. I found myself certain at many times of who the killer was throughout the book, only to change my mind as the latest clues were revealed. The ending not only kept me speeding through to the end to uncover the identity of the killer, but also kept me up late at night as I could not put it down. Recommend this read for when you have some quality, uninterrupted time to lose yourself in the world woven by Woodward’s characters.

  2. Morris & Flora G says:

    Good reading Found that ALL 3 of the DCI Chambers ‘ novels were good to read and linked quite well – can’t wait for next one to come out

  3. Steven Archibald says:

    The water dragon A gripping crime novel that whisks the reader along at a breakneck pace through contemporary Hong Kong. We follow Detective Inspector John Chambers as he tries to capture a serial killer before he strikes again. A series of bizarre murders and puzzling leads keeps the reader guessing until the end. Although it’s a fast paced page-turner Woodward takes his time to also show us around his Hong Kong, from the hustle and bustle of Wan Chai and Kowloon to the isolated and exotic wildernesses that can be found on the surrounding islands. An entertaining read that also paints a wonderfully detailed portrait of Hong Kong and its inhabitants. I look forward to reading more of Detective Chambers adventures.

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