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Assassin’s Quandary

Assassin’s Quandary



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China’s intrigue filled Warring States period saw the powerful state of Qin ruthlessly vanquish the other six kingdoms through subversion, deception, bribery, assassination, and military conquest. In relating a young doctor’s evolution into an erstwhile but troubled assassin tasked with killing an impossible target, Assassin’s Quandary depicts his initial experience as an itinerant healer, his cover as well as his profession; his quest to develop a viable assassination method; his encounters with murderers and charlatans; and his emotional consternation and psychological perplexity as he becomes increasingly familiar with the man and his mesmerizing daughter. Set in a historically accurate context, the contents fully reflect the era’s military and strategic thought while the medical cases embody Warring States theory and practice.