Grey, an Englishwoman fighting her own devils, comes to Japan looking for a piece of rare film footage shot during the 1937 Nanking Massacre and ends up working in a hostess bar. Shi Chongmimg a reclusive scholar who is one of the massacre's few survivors haunted by atrocities he witnessed. The story alternates between the interaction of these characters in present day Japan and Chongming's wrenching account of 1930's Nanking. The Devil of Nanking is a pitch-perfect spine-chilling tour de force, dazzling and creepy and very difficult to put down.
Intriguing, disturbing and different. I was swept up in the story of this lonely girl and her mission in Japan, which kept me going until the last page.
Oh boy ... this is a heck of a read. Amazing sense of menace throughout ... eerie, terrifying, beautifully written.
A little hard to get into to start with, but well worth sticking with.