Death of A Red Heroine

Death of A Red Heroine

Paperback - 2000
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Contemporary China comes vividly to life in this new crime series featuring Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police who risks his own life and career to track down a murderer. ' China Noir' at its best, this is a hard-boiled, intricately plotted tale that has been nominated for an Edgar - America's most prestigious award for crime writing. 'We get to see, smell, taste and hear an amazingly evocative portrait of a country' - Chicago Tribune A marvelously assured debut...Engrossing, immensely readable' - The Wall Street Journal
Publisher: New York :, Soho Press,, [2000]
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9781569472422
Branch Call Number: MYS QIU
Characteristics: 463 pages ; 21 cm


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Dec 01, 2018

The detail of life in a repressive and unbalanced society overrides the plot. Life in China is a Death of a Thousand cuts where survival is dictated for the citizen by corrupt and venal leaders. Having visited China I have to say that for a westerner it has to be experienced and the experience will not be pleasant. Shanghai as a city is to be avoided; polluted, grossly overcrowded and artificial to the extreme.

Jan 21, 2018

A great whodunit that highlights the tensions and problems caused by the clashing socialism and capitalism systems in China as well as hurdles and obstructions encountered in relation to going after someone with deep and powerful ties to the communist party.

Jun 21, 2016

Qui is a great writer and mystery writer. The case Chen and Yu worked on was really the backdrop of the novel. Det. Chen and his cohorts and collaborators are very interesting people and the way him and Offr. Yu interview persons of interest is very sly. Their personal lives keep you hooked too. I can't wait to read the next of many more I see he's written.

Jun 11, 2012

I concur on Jifilby's comments. Fascinating inside story of Chinese culture and the ongoing impact of the the cultural revolution and Mao into the 1990's when the story takes place. Inspector Chen is a great character and I hope to read more books with him in it. A very good detective novel overall.

Mar 01, 2011

Fascinating story that drags you to China to see how the society really operates. Visits to China have peaked my interest in the culture and the people. This book enhanced my view of the country and the actions as we read what the government want us to know in the west on how things operate. The characters are believable and the story has the twists of a master detective novel. I can not wait for more of Inspector Chen.

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