chilling, suspenseful story of
a mother, her newly adopted child, and the foreign government trying to
separate them ...
a setup! When the
Chinese government wants to take back the baby that an American woman has
just adopted, she goes on the run with no knowledge of Chinese and the
full power of a police state against her. David Ball makes this
edge-of-the-seat chase tale completely believable. China Run is original,
brilliant, and breathtaking!"
-- Phillip Margolin,
NY Times bestselling author
"An exotic tale...wonderfully
thriller that's gotten in
touch with its feminine side..."
--The Asia Review of Books
A featured alternate of the
the Mystery Guild, the Literary Guild, and the Doubleday Book Club.
For Allison Turk, the journey to China to claim the daughter
she is adopting has been a trying experience, a series of false starts
and long waits. Forced to travel without her husband, she makes the
trip with her nine-year-old stepson. She hopes it will be a bonding
experience, but it isn’t working out.
When she finally holds the little girl in her
arms, however, she knows it has been worth all the effort and
aggravation. In only two days, she will board a plane for home, taking
with her the greatest prize and joy she has ever known.
Suddenly everything unravels. Summoned to an
emergency meeting of the adoptive parents, Allison is told a mistake has
been made—a “clerical error.” The Americans have been given healthy
infants rather than children with special needs, for which they are
technically qualified, and are told they must exchange their babies for
different children. Allison is faced with a terrible decision: should
she capitulate and surrender the child she has come to love intensely,
or risk an attempt to reach the American consulate in Shanghai, where
she might at least have a chance to negotiate and keep her baby?
Joining with several other American couples
caught in the same dilemma, Allison chooses to run. There is a more
sinister reason underlying the nightmare than they know about, and their
flight spawns a massive manhunt led by a ruthless police colonel
wielding all the terrifying apparatus of a police state. What ensues is
tense, dramatic and totally believable—a race in which Allison not only
struggles with her infant daughter and recalcitrant stepson, but is
caught in a political tug-of-war that forces her to display a depth of
courage and a strength of will she had never known she possessed.
Inspired by a
true-life incident, China Run takes the reader on a breathtaking
chase across China that is gripping, compulsively readable, and
realized she'd been awake for twenty-four hours. She hadn't done
that since college. It had been the most remarkable twenty-four hours of
her life - hours in which for better of worse, a choice had been made, a
line crossed. There was no going back. Each time she thought
about it, she felt the same strange shock: She was a straitlaced
civil engineer from Denver, huddled in the bowels of a broken-down cargo
boat on the
Chang Jiang, the Yangtze River. Hunted by the police, with her
stepson and a baby that wasn't legally hers.
With all that,
she wasn't even heading toward Shanghai, toward home. Instead she was
heading upriver, even deeper into the heart of China...