By Thomas Harding
In June 2006, police have been known as to quantity nine Downshire Hill in Hampstead to enquire stories of surprising card task. the landlord of the home, Allan Chappelow, used to be an award-winning photographer and biographer, knowledgeable on George Bernard Shaw, and a infamous recluse, who had now not been noticeable for numerous weeks. a person had lately accessed his financial institution debts, and tried to withdraw quite a lot of cash. contained in the darkened condo officials discovered piles of garbage, timber growing to be during the ground, and, in what used to be the lounge, the physique of Chappelow, battered to demise, partly burned and buried lower than 4 toes of paper.
The guy ultimately convicted of his homicide was once a chinese language dissident named Wang Yam: a guy who claimed to be the grandson of 1 of Mao’s closest aides, and a key negotiator within the Tiananmen sq. protests. His trial was once the 1st in smooth British background to be held ‘in camera’: closed, conscientiously managed, mystery. Wang Yam has consistently protested his innocence.
Thomas Harding has spent the previous years investigating the case, interviewing key witnesses, the investigating officials, forensic specialists, and the newshounds who broke the tale, and has unearthed surprising and revelatory new fabric at the killing, the sufferer and the intended wrongdoer. it's a tale that has been defined within the press and by way of the best detective as 'the maximum whodunnit’ of contemporary years: a rare story of isolation, deception and brutal violence, stretching from the quiet streets of north London to the Palace of Westminster and past. it truly is an explosive new paintings of non-fiction from an writer operating on the top of his powers.
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