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The Foreigner

(1992)
(The Chinaman)
(The first book in the Mike Cramer series)
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The Chinaman understood death. Jungle-skilled, silent and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless when his two eldest daughters had been raped and killed by Thai pirates.

Now all that was behind him. Quiet, hard-working and unassuming, he was building up his South London take-away business. Until the day his wife and youngest daughter were destroyed by an IRA bomb in a Knightsbridge department store.

Then, simply but persistently, he began to ask the authorities who were the men responsible, what was being done. And was turned away, fobbed off, treated as a nuisance.

Which was when the Chinaman, denied justice, decided on revenge. And went back to war.

The Chinaman was Stephen Leather’s breakout novel, first published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1992. In 2017 it was filmed as The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. The film grossed US$150 million worldwide.





Praise for The Chinaman

‘A gripping story’ - Daily Telegraph

‘Will leave you breathless’ - Daily Mail

‘Plenty of visceral excitements’ - The Guardian
Genre: Thriller

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