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The Chinese Bandit

(The first book in the Far East Trilogy series)
A novel by

New York Times - bestselling author Stephen Becker's "breathlessly exciting" (Cosmopolitan) post-WWII adventure about an ex-marine on the run for his life.

That summer they hanged a fat man at the Western gate as a warning and example to all.

Kao was a traitor, a thief, a pimp, a black marketeer - and Jake Dodds's partner. So what if he traded stolen military supplies with the Japanese, Jake wants to know. He never cheated me. But 1947 Peking is a savage, cutthroat city, and the United States Marine Corps sergeant is too busy saving his own skin to put up a fight over Kao's fate.

Jake served his country with honor in World War II, but when he knocks an American brigadier general through a barroom window, no amount of battlefield scars or combat medals will save him from prison. So he sets out across the Gobi Desert with a caravan of Kao's illicit goods - and plunges into a world of violence and treachery that will take every ounce of his strength and intelligence to survive. Pursued by Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Army and a bandit chieftain named Tiger's Assistant Demon, Jake disappears into the mountains - but the chaos of postwar China is inescapable, and "peace" has never been a part of this two-fisted adventurer's vocabulary.

Gripping and rich with cinematic detail, The Chinese Bandit will please history buffs and thriller fans alike and "keep readers turning pages through the night" (Los Angeles Times).

The Chinese Bandit is the 1st book in the Far East Trilogy, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.


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Used availability for Stephen Becker's The Chinese Bandit

Hardback Editions

1977 : UK Hardback

Title: The Chinese Bandit
Author(s): Stephen Becker
ISBN: 0-600-87217-3 / 978-0-600-87217-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Companion Book Club
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May 1976 : UK Hardback

Title: The Chinese Bandit
Author(s): Stephen Becker
ISBN: 0-7011-2172-6 / 978-0-7011-2172-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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October 1975 : USA Hardback

Title: The Chinese bandit
Author(s): Stephen D Becker
ISBN: 0-394-48561-0 / 978-0-394-48561-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

October 1977 : UK Paperback

Title: Chinese Bandit
Author(s): Stephen Becker
ISBN: 0-586-04457-4 / 978-0-586-04457-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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June 1977 : USA Paperback

Title: The Chinese Bandit
Author(s): Stephen Becker
ISBN: 0-425-03403-8 / 978-0-425-03403-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
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