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.
'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.