The Far Side of the Night
By (author) Jan-Philipp Sendker
During a trip to China, Paul and Christine experience the nightmare of every parent: their four year old son is kidnapped. They are reunited aftera few hours but the kidnappers, very powerful people in today’s China with close contacts to the police, dearly want the child back. The onlysafe place for the family is the US embassy in Beijing, but they are two thousand miles away, with the police searching franticly for them, and allairports, train stations and major roads under surveillance. They’ll have no chance without help from strangers, but who will be willing to risk theirlives for them?Whom can they trust?The Far Side of the Night is a powerful, transporting novel about the struggle to maintain humanity in an impossible situation.
Jan-Philipp Sendker, born in Hamburg in 1960, was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. He has travelled extensively in China and Burma and has an in-depth knowledge of the people and culture. In 2000 he published Cracks in the Great Wall, a non-fiction book about China. Global bestseller The Art of Hearing Heartbeats was his first novel.