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The Last Mandarin

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

An American soldier of fortune pursues a Japanese war criminal through the streets and alleyways of war-torn Peking in this edge-of-your-seat thrill ride from the author of The Chinese Bandit

Peking, 1948. In the midst of a brutal winter, the Communists tighten their stranglehold on the ancient capital, preparing to strike. Peasants starve, students riot, police crack down, and an entire city shivers on the edge of revolt.

A decade ago, Maj. Jack Burnham was an American civilian living in China when the Japanese invaded. Now, he has returned on a mission to capture a notorious war criminal before Peking falls to the Red Army. Kanamori Shoichi raped, murdered, and pillaged his way through China during World War II - he also broke Burnham's nose. If caught, Kanamori will be brought before a tribunal and made to pay for his crimes, large and small. But finding one man in a devastated city of millions is no simple task.

Luckily, Burnham has the help of a beautiful Chinese doctor eager to help her people find justice, as well as his own expert knowledge of the language and culture. But when he finally locates Kanamori, the showdown Burnham has sought for so long will be far stranger and more dangerous than he ever imagined.

The Last Mandarin is the 2nd 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 Last Mandarin

Hardback Editions

October 1979 : UK Hardback

Title: The Last Mandarin
Author(s): Stephen Becker
ISBN: 0-7011-2465-2 / 978-0-7011-2465-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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April 1979 : USA Hardback

Title: The last mandarin
Author(s): Stephen D Becker
ISBN: 0-394-49927-1 / 978-0-394-49927-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

January 1982 : UK Paperback

Title: Last Mandarin
Author(s): Stephen Becker
ISBN: 0-7221-1516-4 / 978-0-7221-1516-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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July 1980 : USA Paperback

Title: The Last Mandarin
Author(s): Stephen Becker
ISBN: 0-425-04543-9 / 978-0-425-04543-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley Pub Group
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