Edition: First printing.
London: Hodder & Stoughton, (2002) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The fourth book in this highly praised series of thrillers featuring Beijing detective Li Yan, and Margaret Campbell, an American forensic pathologist. Unlike most in the series, this is set in the United States where Li Yan is based at the Chinese embassy in Washington DC and Campbell is working at chief medical examiner of Harris County in Texas, when a trailer truck full of suffocated Chinese immigrants is found. Li Yan is sent to assist in identifying the bodies and more - among the dead is an undercover police officer from China. When it turns out that immigrants are being injected with cloned virus from the 1917-18 Spanish flu, and the trigger to activate this virus is unknown, the possibility of disaster looms. Snakehead is the term used for the head of the smugglers. SIGNED on the title page with the words "Best wishes." 399 pp. ISBN: 0-340768665.
Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket (usual toning to the pages).