Fantastic insights into China.
Overall, I feel the book (or the first chapter I read) tries a bit too hard to create a political atmosphere as the backdrop for the stories to unfold.
The Chinese author acted as his own translator and the text is marred by inappropriate word choices as well as missing words.
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 26 days ago by Melissa Nursey-Bray
Evocative and gripping story for both English and Chinese readers.Published 2 months ago by geoff@tradefocus
Great fun. An interesting window on Chinese social and cultural change wrapped up in an entertaining crime novel.Published 2 months ago by J. Pincus
Fantastic insights into China. Chief Inspector Chen joins the ranks of Maigret and Commissario Guido Brunetti. An excellent mystery with many side path stories. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Samy
Of the Qiu Xiaolong's stories I have read (four so far), I like this one for its new revelations about Chen's life, thinking, and very human self-evaluation and critique. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jean Purcell
Set in Shanghai, this book mixes Chinese history and life with a good police detective mystery. Part of a series.Published 7 months ago by San Diego
this is the first Insp Chen i've read but i'll not read another. he is very cute. his wonky english is cute, the ancient poetry is cute, the authentic chinese atmosphere is very... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Zangiku
Inspector Chen has stolen my heart again. Once I start reading, I can't put these books down. And the picture of contemporary life in China is fascinating.Published 9 months ago by Anne Cloward
Came in time for my Summer reading and I truly enjoyed reading the novel.
Hope to see more of Qiu Xiaolong's books coming.