Don't Cry, Tai Lake
“Dark, gorgeous…feels authentically Chinese and it works like a charm.” --Washington Post Book World on A Case of Two CitiesChief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is offered a bit of luxury by friends and supporters within the Party – a week’s vacation at a luxurious resort... show more
“Dark, gorgeous…feels authentically Chinese and it works like a charm.” --Washington Post Book World on A Case of Two CitiesChief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is offered a bit of luxury by friends and supporters within the Party – a week’s vacation at a luxurious resort near Lake Tai, a week where he can relax, and recover, undisturbed by outside demands or disruptions. Unfortunately, the once beautiful Lake Tai, renowned for its clear waters, is now covered by fetid algae, its waters polluted by toxic runoff from local manufacturing plants. Then the director of one of the manufacturing plants responsible for the pollution is murdered and the leader of the local ecological group is the primary suspect of the local police. Now Inspector Chen must tread carefully if he is to uncover the truth behind the brutal murder and find a measure of justice for both the victim and the accused.
Publish date: May 8th 2012
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages no: 262
Edition language: English
Series: Inspector Chen Cao (#7)
Inspector Chen is a chief inspector in Shanghai who has been given a week's vacation in Wuxi, a neighboring city. He is a rising star in the Chinese government although he has ruffled feathers with Internal Security. He meets a young woman, Shanshan, and hears about a murder on his first day of vaca...
I love this series about Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai police force. As always, there are many insights into the changing nature of modern-day China while it still maintains its Communist system. Inspector Chen is a great character who writes poetry and translates English mysteries into Chinese...
More like 2 1/2 stars. The idea of the plot is interesting. Chen is forced to vacation at a centre near a lake known for its beauty. The reality is that the lake is so damaged by pollution that nobody risks eating or drinking anything coming from the lake. Except for the poor. The author tries too h...