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Blood Rites Paperback – International Edition, April 1, 2012
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About the Author
S.J. ROZAN was born and raised in the Bronx and is a long-time Manhattan resident. An architect for many years, she is now a full-time writer. Her critically acclaimed, award-winning novels and stories have won most of crime fiction's greatest honours, including the Edgar, Anthony, Shamus, Macavity and the Nero Award.
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This is not the first in the series but it is the first I’ve read and although it worked as a stand-alone, I felt the author was assuming that we knew the characters’ backstories and making cryptic references to things I didn’t understand. So I would suggest that it might be better to read these books in order.
The Hong Kong setting was interesting and well described. However, the author seemed obsessed by telling us what language was being spoken at each point which often seemed irrelevant to moving the story along. Rozan also told us innumerable times what the characters’ Chinese and ‘American’ names were – every time she said Di-Fen she put Steven in brackets afterwards. I felt that once would be enough and found this increasingly annoying as the book progressed.
Overall, this was a pleasant, enjoyable read and I would be happy to read more in the series.
It was fairly intriguing and tense. It is maybe slightly too long. Towards the end I could guess what was going to happen. The romance element did get slightly repetitive and at times it did resemble a travelogue with too frequent tourist descriptions of Hong Kong. It was slightly strange that mobile phones seemed to be seen as a new thing in this book. It was a bit jarring but I think at the time it was written they were perhaps fairly new in the US and maybe the author was expressing her own amazement!
I felt that it was quite atmospheric and the main character was interesting and well drawn. It does `flow' quite well and it was a very quick and easy read.