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Starred Review. Chinese expatriate Qiu's gripping fourth Inspector Chen novel (after 2004's When Red Is Black) captures an honest detective's struggle to be true to his professional ideals under a repressive regime. The Communist Party leadership appears to be vigorously investigating rampant corruption among the profligate power elite during China's economic reforms of the recent past. After the head of the Fujian special case squad is murdered in sordid circumstances, Chen Cao of the Shanghai police bureau discovers that the dead man had been probing a wealthy businessman, Xing Xing, who fled to the United States to escape prosecution. Chen himself is then given the highest authority to carry on the investigation, which takes him to the U.S., but he soon realizes he's not meant to succeed. Chen stands in a class with Martin Cruz Smith's Russian investigator, Arkady Renko, and P.D. James's Scotland Yard inspector, Adam Dalgliesh. (Dec.)
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Whether set in the U.S., Europe, or Asia, crime novels offer a lens with which to look at societies and the dynamics that shape them--and few locales can offer the kind of dynamics that Shanghai can, a city being transformed by the introduction of market economics. Beijing assigns Detective (and poet) Chen Cao of the Shanghai police the task of investigating Xing Xing, who has amassed a fortune while corrupting various party officials, but the detective has no sooner begun his investigation than he is told to lead a delegation of writers to the U.S. for a cultural exchange. Concerned that Xing may have fled to the U.S and requested asylum, Chen agrees to lead the delegation. Plot is secondary, or even tertiary, here. Character, poetry, insights into Chinese society and culture, and food all come before story in this unusual and compelling crime novel, the fourth in a fascinating series. Thomas Gaughan
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I keep hoping that this series turn into something approaching Gorky Park. But again, as my review of Death of a Red Heroine pointed out, it's not even close. Read morePublished 1 month ago by bittermelon
Not as good as his first Death of a Red Heroin but still a wonderful rich policier set in a very exotic setting, Red China of the 90's.Published 4 months ago by Daniel Boyarin
Drags a bit. I liked his earlier book about the red hero dancer.Published 12 months ago by Richard B. Rosecky
I loved this book overall but it is not as satisfying in the end as some of his other books - there is no real conclusion to the investigation - nor the love story. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Evocative and gripping story for both English and Chinese readers.Published 14 months ago by geoff@tradefocus
Great fun. An interesting window on Chinese social and cultural change wrapped up in an entertaining crime novel.Published 14 months ago by Jonathan