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Head of Zeus
The Message
The Message Mai Jia

China, 1941.

While war rages in Europe, Japan has established itself as the supreme power in Asia. The beautiful province of Hangzhou has become a stronghold of the Japanese puppet government.

One day, five officers from the code-breaking department are escorted to an isolated mansion outside the city. One of them has been sharing secrets with the communists. No-one is leaving until the traitor is uncovered.

It should be a straightforward case of sifting truth from lies. But as each code-breaker spins a story that proves their innocence, events are re-framed, and what really happened is called into question again and again.

Part revisionist history, part playful meta-fiction, The Message is at once an absorbing and cerebral spy thriller and a commentary on storytelling itself.

Head of Zeus * Thrillers
05 Mar 2020 * 480pp * £7.99 * 9781789543001
REVIEWS
PRAISE FOR MAI JIA:

'A page-turner with a gripping plot, otherworldy aura, and flamboyant detail' New York Times, on Decoded.

'An intriguing Chinese thriller' Guardian, on Decoded.

'A literary superstar' Telegraph.

'A mix of spy thriller, historical saga and mathematical puzzle that coheres into a powerful whole' Financial Times, on Decoded.
Author

Mai Jia

Mai Jia
Mai Jia's first novel in English, Decoded, was published by Penguin Classics in 2002, and has been translated into over twenty languages. His novels have sold over 10 million copies and Mai Jia has won the Mao Dun Literature Prize, the highest literary honour in China. The Message was first published in 2007 and has sold over a million copies in China. Mai Jia was born in 1964 and spent many years in the Chinese intelligence services.
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