Set in the mid-nineties, Hanging Devils is a true-to-life story of cold-blooded murder and corruption from one of China's foremost legal experts. Hong Jun, a recently-returned lawyer from the US, opens a practice in Beijing intent on helping ordinary people defend their rights. His very first case leads him to the hinterland of China's swy rtheast where the brutal killing of a local beauty took place ten years earlier. In his quest for justice, Hong Jun revisits the buried secrets of the recent past, and delves deep into the underbelly of the provincial police and court system in a case that proves to be anything but ordinary.
Professor He Jiahong is one of China's leading experts on criminal evidence, evidential investigation and criminal procedure. He obtained his doctorate in judicial science from Northwestern University in Illinois and is currently professor at the school of law of the People's University in Beijing, one of China's most prestigious academic institutions. He is also a presenter of legal programs on Chinese national television. He Jiahong comments on, speaks on and works extensively to promote anti-corruption and efforts such as The Innocence Project which strive to correct and reduce the number of wrongful imprisonment cases. He has published widely on the subject of criminal law and is the author of Back from the Dead- A Landmark Ruling of Wrongful Conviction in China. He has written several bestselling crime novels, including Hanging Devils, featuring the lawyer-detective Hong Jun, which, in addition to English, has also been translated into French, Spanish and Italian.