By Thomas Harding
In June 2006, police have been referred to as to quantity nine Downshire Hill in Hampstead to enquire stories of bizarre card job. the landlord of the home, Allan Chappelow, was once an award-winning photographer and biographer, a professional on George Bernard Shaw, and a infamous recluse, who had no longer been obvious for a number of weeks. anyone had lately accessed his financial institution debts, and tried to withdraw quite a lot of cash. contained in the darkened residence officials came upon piles of garbage, bushes becoming throughout the flooring, and, in what was the lounge, the physique of Chappelow, battered to loss of life, in part burned and buried below 4 ft of paper.
The guy finally 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 glossy British historical past to be held ‘in camera’: closed, rigorously managed, mystery. Wang Yam has regularly 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 stunning and revelatory new fabric at the killing, the sufferer and the meant offender. it's a tale that has been defined within the press and via the top detective as 'the maximum whodunnit’ of modern years: a unprecedented story of isolation, deception and brutal violence, stretching from the quiet streets of north London to the Palace of Westminster and past. it really is an explosive new paintings of non-fiction from an writer operating on the top of his powers.
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