West studied philosophy at the London School of Economics, and since
leaving university has earned a living as a writer—of anything, from
novels to brochures for ice-cream machines. He lives in Britain but
has written extensively about the East. His first published work Journey
to the Middle Kingdom was an account of a journey to China in
1985. His later novels include four crime novels set in contemporary
China: Death of a Blue Lantern, Death on Black Dragon River, Red
Mandarin, and The Third Messiah.
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