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Bradby, a seasoned correspondent for Britain's ITN television network, has obviously spent considerable time researching 1920s Shanghai. His feel for the city's Byzantine society and exotic textures is matched by his accessible vision of Shanghai as a junction of international fallout and internal intrigue. Less compelling, if not outright distracting, is Bradby's more contemporary emphasis on ghastly serial killings with a sex-crime edge. But in the end, the book's remarkable prose and density of experience are uniquely rewarding. --Tom Keogh
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After watching a movie based on one of the author's other books I had to read all by the author that I could find. Read morePublished 15 months ago by L. Brewer
Don't fear being Shanghaied because the 1926 Shanghai courtesy of Tom Bradby's Master of Rain is a fine place to be in the midst of European colonialism, Chinese culture and a... Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by Expert
This book is so poorly written, the characters so contrived, the plot so full of holes that I scarcely know where to begin in reviewing it. Well, yes I do. Read morePublished on April 19, 2010 by Daniel Myers
This was an interesting read. I would like to have given it 3.5 stars. That seems like the appropriate rating. The plot was well done. It didn't bog down at any point. Read morePublished on February 21, 2009 by James Tetreault
At this stage of writing it is difficult to add new insight; the 22 reviews before me have covered most reviewing stances. Read morePublished on January 15, 2009 by Paul Hoffman
Shanghai 1926 -- a humid, brooding city carved up between competing interests. The British, Americans and French all have their own imperialist enclaves, each with its own police... Read morePublished on July 13, 2008 by Alan A. Elsner
Don't even think this novel will stretch your mind. You'll easily figure out the entire plot and ending by page 80--max. Read morePublished on August 7, 2007 by H. Dupre
This book is poorly written, lacking character development and plot. If you are fond of Ken Follett, don't bother reading this. There is no comparison.Published on July 22, 2006 by N. Reese
In Tom Bradby's "The Master of Rain", detective Richard Field must struggle through the various dangers and pleasures of 1926 Shanghai, all while pursuing a deadly serial killer... Read morePublished on July 5, 2006 by Prauge Traveler