Due to a mix-up, Oliver August stumbles onto the hunt for China's most wanted man, Lai Changxing, an illiterate tycoon on the run from corruption charges. August sets out to find the self-made billionaire, in the hope that if he can understand how Lai reinvented himself, he will also better understand the tectonic forces transforming modern China.
Oliver August spent seven years in China as the Beijing bureau chief for the Times of London. He was previously the paper's youngest-ever New York correspondent. He now reports from the Middle East.