A Loyal Character Dancer
Praise for Qiu Xiaolong: "A sequel [to Death of a Red Heroine] that in many ways is even more impressive. . . . [Qiu] has moved from the poetic, exotic milieu of his first book (although plenty of elements remain) into a tougher, wider, probably more commercial and modern version of China as... show more
Praise for Qiu Xiaolong: "A sequel [to Death of a Red Heroine] that in many ways is even more impressive. . . . [Qiu] has moved from the poetic, exotic milieu of his first book (although plenty of elements remain) into a tougher, wider, probably more commercial and modern version of China as seen by America."—Chicago Tribune "Another wonderful novel featuring Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police Bureau . . . [for] Sinophiles like myself, who fantasize about taking an insider’s tour of Shanghai."—Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air "The travelogue aspects of the novel don’t overwhelm it’s critical intelligence. As in all hard-boiled [mysteries], the murder and mayhem provide a cover story for a larger investigation of social mysteries."—Chicago Sun-Times Inspector Chen’s mentor in the Shanghai Police Bureau has assigned him to escort U.S. Marshal Catherine Rohn. Her mission is to bring Wen, the wife of a witness in an important criminal trial, to the United States. Inspector Rohn is already en route when Chen learns that Wen has unaccountably vanished from her village in Fujian. Or is this just what he is supposed to believe? Chen resents his role; he would rather investigate the triad killing in Shanghai’s beauteous Bund Park. But his boss insists that saving face with Inspector Rohn has priority. So Chen Cao, the ambitious son of a father who imbued him with Confucian precepts, must tread warily as he tries once again to be a good cop, a good man, and also a loyal Party member. Qiu Xiaolong, a prize-winning poet and critic in China, now teaches at Washington University in St. Louis, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
Publish date: September 1st 2003
Publisher: Soho Crime
Pages no: 351
Edition language: English
, Asian Literature
, Mystery Thriller
, Chinese Literature
Series: Inspector Chen Cao (#2)
bookshelves: published-2002, series, shanghai, translation, radio-4, mystery-thriller, dec-2015-free-for-all, winter-20152016, communist-lit-richer Read from December 04 to 17, 2015 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06rf3mwDescription: Shanghai, early 1990s. When a former dancer and party loyali...
This book is the next in the series after Death of a Red Heroine and as with the previous book, our protagonist is police inspector Chen, who would much rather be writing poetry or translating detective novels from English. Instead, in A Loyal Character Dancer, Chen is unwillingly saddled with the j...
This is the second Inspector Chen novel and it's as good as the first one. We are immersed in the China of the early 90's. Shanghai with its corruption, its organized crime, the great divide between the people who work for the sytem and the nouveaux riches who work the system. Chen is assigned to he...