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Asian intrigue (mystery-thrillers)

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The list author says: "Books listed represent the first if a series is indicated."
The Shanghai Murders : A Mystery of Love and Ivory
The Shanghai Murders : A Mystery of Love and Ivory
""Zhong Fong" mystery thriller series.  Set in contemporary Shanghai, homicide Inspector Zhong Fong looks for an assassin while a "shadowy, powerful figure with an economic agenda manipulates both the assassin and police"."
Buddha Kiss
Buddha Kiss
"2nd in the "Mori" thriller murder mystery series featuring Tokyo Private Investigator Kazuo Mori.  This novel set in 1990s urban Tokyo Japan involves a murder investigation, shady investment bankers and a fanatical religious cult intent on establishing mind control."
The Dragon Scroll: A Mystery of Ancient Japan Featuring Sugawara Akitada
The Dragon Scroll: A Mystery of Ancient Japan Featuring Sugawara Akitada
"First (per story chronology vs publication dates) in the mystery thriller "Sugawara Akitada" series involving young Ministry of Justice Junior Clerk Sugawara Akitada.  Sleuthing set Medieval 11th century Japan."
The Firemaker (Murder in China)
The Firemaker (Murder in China)
"Multi-volume murder mystery romance series set in contemporary China. This novel involves investigation of a series of murders, a visiting American Forensic Pathologist and a Chinese police detective."
The Skull Mantra (Inspector Shan Tao Yun)
The Skull Mantra (Inspector Shan Tao Yun)
""Inspector Shan Tao Yun" political thriller series.  This book set in contemporary Tibet after the Chinese invasion and occupation.  Shan, a Chinese prisoner (forced laborer and ex-police officer) is assigned to investigate a murder on behalf of his persecutors and faces political, spiritual and human(e) challenges."
Out: A Novel
Out: A Novel
"Psychological crime mystery thriller set in the staid suburbs of contemporary Tokyo Japan involving the entwined and twisted lives of four female factory co-workers."
THE INSPECTOR GHOTE MYSTERIES - An Omnibus: Book (1) One: The Perfect Murder; Book (2) Two: Inspector Ghote's Good Crusade; Book (3) Three: Inspector Ghote Caught in Meshes
THE INSPECTOR GHOTE MYSTERIES - An Omnibus: Book (1) One: The Perfect Murder; Book (2) Two: Inspector Ghote's Good Crusade; Book (3) Three: Inspector Ghote Caught in Meshes
""Inspector Ghote" multi-volume detective mystery series.  (Book listed here is an omnibus of first 3 in the series)  Featuring a bit of a downtroden, bumbling Inspector of the Bombay India Police Crime branch, and his sleuthing adventures."
The Master of Rain
The Master of Rain
"Historical mystery thriller set in 1926 Shanghai.  A cop newly from Yorkshire attempts to solve a murder amidst various multi-cultural, clashing, clandestine political intrigues."
The Coroner's Lunch
The Coroner's Lunch
""Dr. Siri Paiboun" murder mystery series.  Set in 1970's Laos after the Communist takeover.  Paris trained elderly physician and newly appointed state coroner Dr. Paiboun attempts to uncover cause of death of 3 Vietnamese as well as the wife of an important Party official."
Moghul Buffet (Soho Crime)
Moghul Buffet (Soho Crime)
"A Pakistani detective investigates the disappearance of a Western businessman from the town of Peshawar near the  Afghanistan border.  Murder mystery (and a sprinkle of black comedy)."
The Last Kashmiri Rose (Joe Sandilands Murder Mysteries)
The Last Kashmiri Rose (Joe Sandilands Murder Mysteries)
""Joe Sandilands Investigation" historical mystery series.  Set in early 1920s Raj India, this story features a serial killer targeting the wives of Brits and disguising the deaths as accidents.  (See also similar H.F. Keating's "Murder Of The Maharajah".)"
The Devil of Nanking
The Devil of Nanking
"Complex, dark thriller weaving together two "lost souls" of 1990s Tokyo and the 1937 WWII Nanking massacre.  (See dark thriller "Tokyo" also by Hayder.)"
The Salaryman's Wife
The Salaryman's Wife
""Rei Shimura" mystery series.  Rei Shimura, a young "gaijin" (foreigner) Japanese-American teacher in Tokyo, becomes entangled in a murder investigation and new love affair."
The Tattoo Murder Case (Soho Crime)
The Tattoo Murder Case (Soho Crime)
"Dark sleuthing murder mystery set in post WWII Japan involving investigation of grisly and kinky tattoo-oriented killings."
Summer of the Big Bachi
Summer of the Big Bachi
""Mas Arai" mystery series features a Japanese reluctant PI, Hiroshima survivor, widower, and estranged father.  Set in L.A.'s Japanese-American community."
Belshazzar's Daughter: Inspector Ikmen #1 (Inspectr Ikmen)
Belshazzar's Daughter: Inspector Ikmen #1 (Inspectr Ikmen)
"Multi-volume "Inspector Ikmen" mystery series.  Murder mystery crime investigation set in contemporary (1992) Istanbul Turkey."
The Sultan's Seal: A Novel (Kamil Pasha Novels)
The Sultan's Seal: A Novel (Kamil Pasha Novels)
"Historical murder mystery (with a splash of romance) set in 1880s Istanbul Turkey during the waning Ottoman Empire and related political and social upheaval.  Kamil Pasha, a magistrate in the new secular courts becomes entangled in two seemingly linked murder mysteries."
The Chinese Gold Murders: A Judge Dee Detective Story (Judge Dee Mysteries)
The Chinese Gold Murders: A Judge Dee Detective Story (Judge Dee Mysteries)
"First volume (chronologically) of the "Judge Dee" historical mystery series. Set 663 AD Tang Dynasty China. The series was inspired by stories about and by the actual Chinese Magistrate Judge Dee-Jen Dijeh 630-700 AD.  (See also Judge Dee in mystery "Deception" by Eleanor Clooney.)"
Flower Net: A Red Princess Mystery (Red Princess Mysteries)
Flower Net: A Red Princess Mystery (Red Princess Mysteries)
""Red Princess" murder mystery thriller series pairing investigators Liu Hulan (Inspector in communist China's Ministry of Public Security) with David Stark (Assist. U.S. Attorney)."
Flash Point
Flash Point
"Political thriller set in 20th century occupied Tibet.  Adventure and intrigue abound as an journalist and Tibetan monk team on a dangerous of quests to find the bodily reincarnation of the Dalai Lama before the Chinese."
Bombay Ice
Bombay Ice
"Literary noir thriller delving into dark contemporary Bombay India.  (See also Forbes' forensic thriller primarily set in India "Fish, Blood and Bone".)"
Country of Origin: A Novel
Country of Origin: A Novel
"Crime thriller set in 1980's darker side of Tokyo Japan. Follows the investigators and investigation regarding the disappearance of a Japanese-American graduate student.  Edgar Award winner."
Jian
Jian
""China Maroc" spy thriller duo.  Vying to be the true Jian (consummate warrior and supreme master of love) are an American secret agent, his sworn enemy and KGB killer, and a Communist minister. (See sequel "Shan".  See also Van Lustbader's martial arts thrillers "Nicholas Linnear Ninja Cycle" series beginning with "Ninja")"
Death of a Red Heroine
Death of a Red Heroine
""Inspector Chen" murder mystery series set in 1990's China.  This story takes place in Communist transitioning  Shanghai following the Tiananmen Square massacre, and mixes social observation, historical fiction, political intrigue and suspense.  Edgar Award winner."
Yellowthread Street (Yellow Thread Street in Hk)
Yellowthread Street (Yellow Thread Street in Hk)
""Yellowthread Street" mystery (humorous, suspenseful police procedurals) multi-volume series.  Features the exploits of the neurotic, bikering detective team of Yellowthread Street Station in the seedy Hong Bay district."
Dragon's Eye
Dragon's Eye
"Noir thriller set in contemporary Shanghai as an honest but jaded cop investigates grisly murders only he seems to want solved.  (See also Oakes' crime mystery thriller "Citizen One".)"
Season of the Monsoon
Season of the Monsoon
""George Sansi" mystery series.  Classic crime noir mystery thriller set in contemporary Bombay India.  We meet half caste hero Inspector George Sansi as he maneuvers between officials, gangland organizations and a maniacal killer."
The Eye of Jade: A Mei Wang Mystery (Mei Wang Mysteries)
The Eye of Jade: A Mei Wang Mystery (Mei Wang Mysteries)
""Mei Wang" detective mystery series set in late 1900s China.  Features a young Chinese woman who decides to become a private detective in contemporary Beijing."
Spirit House: A Vincent Calvino Crime Novel (Vincent Calvino Novel)
Spirit House: A Vincent Calvino Crime Novel (Vincent Calvino Novel)
""Vincent Calvino Private Eye" hard-boiled, thriller noir series set in steamy 20th century Bangkok Thailand."
The Bangkok Secret
The Bangkok Secret
"In 1946 Thailand's king, newly ascended to SE Asia's last surviving throne, was found murdered with a bullet in his head. Action unfolds around the discovery of an old manuscript that seems to throw light on the still unsolved mystery.  Historical mystery.  (See also Grey's spy thriller "Chinese Assassin" set 1970.)"
A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta
A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta
"Literary crime mystery set in vividly evoked India (primarily Calcutta).  Story of a travel writer suffering from writer's block and finds his creativity renewed and released in unxpected ways."
Death at the Crossroads: A Samurai Mystery (Samurai Mysteries)
Death at the Crossroads: A Samurai Mystery (Samurai Mysteries)
""Samurai" historical mystery trilogy set in rural Japan early 1600s.  We meet the Ronin (rogue, master-less samurai warrior) Matsuyama Kaze as he is caught up in a series of mysteries that test his strength, skills and Confucian training."
A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O Novels)
A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O Novels)
""Inspector O" series.  Political crime mystery thriller set in within the "paranoia of North Korea's totalitarian regime".  Inspector O "unwillingly uncovers the truth behind series of murders and wagers his life in the process"."
The Janissary Tree: A Novel (Investigator Yashim)
The Janissary Tree: A Novel (Investigator Yashim)
""Yashim Togaluthe Investigator" murder mystery series set 1836 Istanbul and the declining decades of the Turkish Ottoman empire.  Eunuch Yashim Togalu investigates a series of crimes involving officers of the Sultan's New Guard."
Sensei
Sensei
"Martial arts thriller set in feudal Japan.  "Sensei II" is sequel."
Bangkok 8: A Royal Thai Detective Novel (1)
Bangkok 8: A Royal Thai Detective Novel (1)
"Crime mystery thriller in contemporary Bangkok Thailand.  Buddhist trained detective Sonchai investigates a fetish murder amid corruption and various exoticisms.  First of  4+? Bangkok-based thrillers."
Shinju
Shinju
"Multi-volume "Sano Ichiro" historical mystery series set in 17th century Japan.  In this volume, Sano (an ex-samurai and now reluctant detective) investigates a "shinju", or ritual double love suicide in Edo (Tokyo)."
Song of Kali
Song of Kali
"Dark thriller set in contemporary Calcutta, India where the infant daughter of an American journalist is kidnapped by an ancient cult of deranged devotees of the Hindu goddess Kali."
The Feng Shui Detective
The Feng Shui Detective
""The Feng Shui Detective" c omedic crime mystery series.  Introduces amateur Singapore detective C.F. Wong, a geomancer, whose specialty is applying feng shui principles to crime scenes.  Bit madcap and oddball."
My Name Is Red
My Name Is Red
"Murder mystery set in 16th century Istanbul.  A group of miniaturist painters have been commissioned by the Sultan to illustrate a great book in European style with figurative art whilst not blaspheming Islam.  Artists disappear and illustrations left undone..."