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A Loyal Character Dancerby Qiu Xiaolong
Synopses & Reviews
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, exoticmilieu 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.--MaureenCorrigan, NPR's Fresh Air
The travelogue aspects of the novel don't overwhelm it's critical intelligence. As in all hard-boiled mysteries], the murderand mayhem provide a cover story for a larger investigation of social mysteries.--Chicago Sun-Times
Inspector Chen's mentor in the Shanghai Police Bureau hasassigned 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 hasunaccountably 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 hisboss 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, andalso 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 anddaughter.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Assigned to help the wife of an important witness to reach the United States safely, U.S. marshal Catharine Rohn learns that the woman has vanished, while inspector Chen reluctantly assumes the task of saving face.
About the Author
\Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai and received an MA in English and American Literature in China. He received a PhD in Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, where he now teaches. He is the author of Death of a Red Heroine, which has been translated into seven languages, and A Loyal Character Dancer.
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