Book Coming Soon: Whispering Shadows by Jan-Philipp Sendker

March 10, 2015

I am a huge fan of crime, mystery books! I love figuring out who the bad guy is!

My love for John Grisham and Robert Ludlum stems from my Father's love of such genre. Here's a new trilogy by an American correspondent for Stern living in Berlin. Berlin! My dream city setting of espionage! Jan-Philipp Sendker writes about crime and mystery set in the nitty-gritty Hong Kong, China.

In the video below, the author walks around Hong Kong and discusses his novel, especially his main character, Paul Leibovitz. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the bustling city alongside Sendker himself. Check it out below!


The first in a suspenseful new trilogy by the internationally bestselling author of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, this gripping story follows a retired expat journalist in contemporary China who tries to crack a murder case as he battles his own personal demons.

WHISPERING SHADOWS by Jan-Philipp SendkerAtria Books/37 Ink | 352 pages | 978-1-4767-9364-1 | April 14, 2015 | $25.99
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American expat Paul Leibovitz was once an ambitious advisor, dedicated father, and loving husband. But after living for nearly thirty years in Hong Kong, personal tragedy strikes and Paul’s marriage unravels in the fallout.

Now Paul is living as a recluse on an outlying island of Hong Kong. When he makes a fleeting connection with Elizabeth, a distressed American woman on the verge of collapse, his life is thrown into turmoil. Less than twenty-four hours later, Elizabeth’s son is found dead in Shenzhen, and Paul, invigorated by a newfound purpose, sets out to investigate the murder on his own.

As Paul, Elizabeth, and a detective friend descend deeper into the Shenzhen underworld—against the wishes of a woman with whom Paul has had a flirtation—they discover dark secrets hidden beneath China’s booming new wealth. In a country where rich businessmen with expensive degrees can corrupt the judicial system, the potential for evil abounds.

Part love story, part crime thriller, Whispering Shadows is the captivating tale of one man’s desperate search for redemption within the vice of a world superpower, a place where secrets from the past threaten to upend the country’s unchecked drive towards modernization.


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. In 2000 he published Cracks in the Wall, a nonfiction book about China. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, his first novel, was an international bestseller. He lives in Berlin with his family.

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