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Jan-Philipp Sendker


Jan-Philipp Sendker

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, is an international bestseller. He lives in Berlin with his family.

Jan-Philipp Sendker

Books by Jan-Philipp Sendker

by Jan-Philipp Sendker - Crime, Fiction, Mystery

Brooding expat and journalist Paul Leibovitz is beginning to imagine a new life for himself in Hong Kong, one in which the grief over a recent family tragedy doesn’t consume him and his love for Christine Wu brings him great joy. When Christine gets an unexpected and emotionally-charged letter from her estranged brother, Paul journeys with her to a remote village outside of Shanghai, where a mysterious illness is affecting the locals. Paul discovers a powerful chemical conglomerate is polluting a nearby lake, and Chinese officials are doing nothing to stop it. Taking legal action could prove even more dangerous than the strange disease itself. If Paul doesn’t walk away, he could pull the woman he loves reluctantly back into a world she escaped from decades ago.

by Jan-Philipp Sendker - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

American expat Paul Leibovitz was once an ambitious advisor, dedicated father and loving husband. But after living for nearly 30 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 24 hours later, Elizabeth’s son is found dead, and Paul sets out to investigate the murder on his own.

by Jan-Philipp Sendker - Fiction, Romance

Almost 10 years have passed since Julia Win came back from Burma, her father’s native country. Though she is a successful Manhattan lawyer, her private life is at a crossroads. One day, she hears a stranger’s voice in her head that causes her to leave her office without explanation. Not only does the female voice refuse to disappear, it starts to ask questions Julia has been trying to avoid. Why do you live alone? To whom do you feel close? What do you want in life?

by Jan-Philipp Sendker - Fiction

When Julia’s father, a successful New York lawyer, suddenly disappears, she and her mother discover a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Julia decides to travel to the woman’s village to find out the truth.