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China's Smog Provides Cover for Burglar in Novel by Environment Official

China's pollution crisis has inspired an environmental regulator in a smog-blanketed northern province to write a novel whose extracts have gone viral online, spurring plans for two more books. Environmental degradation is fueling discontent in China, where critics say years of breakneck economic growth have left a dire crisis. Major cities are shrouded in perennial smoke and half the groundwater in the country is tainted. “Smog Is Coming,” published last June, touches on fraud and...

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