Bad Kids (Paperback)

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Bad Kids (Paperback)

By Zijin Chen, Michelle Deeter (Translated by)


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An edge-of-your-seat game of cat-and-mouse as a trio of young witnesses blackmail a murderer and follow the path of their own darkest impulses

Stand by Me meets Strangers on a Train in this blockbuster suspense thriller that’s taken China by storm, proving anyone can become a killer


One beautiful morning, Zhang Dongsheng pushes his wealthy in-laws off a remote mountain.

It's the perfect crime. Or so he thinks.

For Zhang did not expect that 3 kids would catch him in the act while they're working on a photography project. When an opportunity for blackmail presents itself the trio start down a dark path that will lead to the unravelling of all their lives.

This dark and grizzly story, where no one is innocent, is perfect for fans of Keigo Higashino and Un-Su Kim.

  • "A fabulously dark suspense novel… totally different and fresh."
  • "It was fast paced, twisty and unpredictable and kept me guessing. Just when I thought it was the best it could be, it got better. Honestly one of the best books I have read.
  • "An incredibly suspenseful thriller that I couldn’t put down… I would recommend to anyone as the plot, characters and pacing were perfect."
  • "The kind of twisty, jet-fuelled thriller that explodes on page 1 and has you abandoning work, sleep, and life as you race to the stunning end."
  • "The twists kept getting darker & darker. Not for the faint of heart."
  • "A suspenseful, gripping cat-and-mouse game that never lets the reader go. Unpredictable twists keep coming as the darkness inside various characters spills out more and more with every chapter."
Zijin Chen is a best-selling author of crime fiction. Bad Kids has been adapted into one of China's highest-rated online TV shows of all time, with over five billion topic posts on Weibo. He lives in Ningbo, China.

Michelle Deeter is a translator based in Manchester, UK. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Carleton College and a master's degree in translation and interpreting from Newcastle University.

Product Details ISBN: 9781782277620
ISBN-10: 1782277625
Publisher: Pushkin Vertigo
Publication Date: June 6th, 2023
Pages: 336
Language: English
“A perfect noir for modern China!”
--Crime Reads

“I really loved [this] book…every twist and turn had me well and truly hooked…genius…one of those books where I was desperate to know how it might end, yet didn’t want to reach the end!”
--Jackie McLean, author of the DI Donna Davenport series