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One Red Bastard (Robert Chow) Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 24, 2012

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Lin’s engaging Robert Chow series (Snakes Can’t Run, 2010) continues. Just months after Chow broke up a human smuggling operation in New York’s Chinatown, his girlfriend, Lonnie, gets the chance to interview a representative for Mao’s daughter, Li Na, who may be seeking asylum in the U.S. (It is 1976. Mao is dead, Madame Mao is in prison for her membership in the Gang of Four, and the People’s Republic is in turmoil.) But shortly after the interview, the representative is murdered, and Lonnie is the last person who saw him alive. Chow, on track to become a detective after joining the NYPD to be the sole Chinese face of the police in Chinatown, suddenly finds clearing Lonnie his top priority. As in previous novels, Lin does a fine job sketching a mid-seventies Manhattan beset by financial crisis, a Chinatown roiled by events half a world away, and the and family and community dynamics of Chinatown’s insular inhabitants. Readers drawn to crime fiction that illuminates other eras and other cultures will find much to savor here. --Thomas Gaughan


"Compelling...Lin offers a vivid picture of an earlier Manhattan Chinatown than S.J. Rozan, whose fans are likely to warm to the street-savvy Chow."

--Publishers Weekly (starred) 


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"Readers interested in the integration of Asian-Americans into American society, as well as those who like gritty procedurals, will be well rewarded."

 --Publishers Weekly (starred)


“A vivid portrait of tiny, teeming, complex, fearful, ambitious, politicized, corrupt Chinatown, circa 1976.”



"Will definitely appeal to mystery and crime thriller fans but will also be satisfying to the general reader, as well."

--Sacramento Book Review


“Ed Lin is a new gifted voice in the urban crime and mystery genre, depicting his inner landscape, New York's Chinatown and beyond, with innate affection, sharp acuteness and understated humor.”

--Da Chen, author of Colors of the Mountain and Brothers


“A unique down-to-the-gritty-sidewalk police procedural. If you dig the novels of Eddie Bunker or movies like 'King of New York' and 'Mean Streets,' Ed Lin's subterranean neighborhood is for you.”

--Barry Gifford, author of Imagination of the Heart and Wild at Heart


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Product Details

  • Series: Robert Chow (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312660901
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,175,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1976, The Republic of China on Taiwan and the People's Republic of China on the mainland battle for western recognition. At the same time the two China's argue on the world stage, Chen Xiaochuan informs the State Department that Li Na, daughter of the late Mao Tse-tung, seeks asylum in the United States. Newswire reporter Lonnie interviews Chen, but soon afterward the latter's body is found in Roosevelt Park; as the last person to see him alive the journalist is the prime suspect although there is plenty of others with political motives to kill Li's representative.

Because he is Chinese-American and has had some success on cases (see This Is A Bust and Snakes Can't Run), Lonnie's boyfriend NYPD Officer Robert Chow leads the investigation with the brass insisting he find the killer immediately. Robert interviews representatives from the two Chinas while wondering why Artie Yee owner of Inside Chinatown is unconcerned that his offices were deliberately torched.

The latest Chow police procedural is a complicated historical that combines the international debate over the Chinas with a strong look at Manhattan's Chinatown circa 1976 just a few years after the mainland replaced the island on the UN Security Council. The whodunit purposely is convoluted to reflect the complex world (including the Ford Administration) with Chinatown a microcosm of the debate. Readers will enjoy Ed Lin's strong 1970s whodunit.

Harriet Klausner
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Great end to a trilogy. Hoping for more to come.
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