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Paul French on 'Midnight in Peking'

His true crime book explores the 1937 cold case murder of a young Englishwoman

Paul French, author of Midnight in Peking. For the online book review.

Paul French's "Midnight in Peking" takes us back to 1937, to shed light on a real-life murder mystery. — Photo by Lucy Cavender

Pamela Werner, a 20-year-old Englishwoman, met a grisly fate in 1937 Peking (now Beijing). Her widowed father spent the rest of his life searching for answers, with no luck. Decades later, Shanghai resident and correspondent Paul French became fascinated with the story. The result is his new book, Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China.

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In this installment of Prime Time Radio, Paul French discusses how Peking's upper and lower class may have played a key role in Pamela Werner's unsolved murder.

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