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Detective Jack Yu grew up in Chinatown. Some of his friends are criminals now; some are dead. Jack has just been transferred to his old neighborhood, where 99 percent of the cops are white. Unlike the others, confused by the residents who speak another language even when they're speaking English, Jack knows what's going on.

He is confronted with a serial rapist who preys on young Chinese girls. Then Uncle Four, an elderly and respected leader of the charitable Hip Ching Society and member of the Hong Kong-based Red Circle Triad, is gunned down. Jack learns that benevolent Uncle Four had a gorgeous young mistress imported from Hong Kong. And she is missing.

To solve these crimes, Jack turns to an elderly fortune teller, an old friend of his, in addition to employing modern police methods. This debut mystery power-fully conveys the sights, sounds, and smells of Chinatown, as well as the attitudes of its inhabitants.

Review:

"At the start of Chang's promising debut, NYPD detective Jack Yu must cope with his father's recent death and investigate the rape of a grade-school girl on the fringes of Chinatown, where he grew up and has just been stationed. Meanwhile, would-be gangster Johnny Wong is carrying on with Mona, the gorgeous mistress of his employer, Uncle Four, head of the local branch of the Hip Ching tong and a powerful underworld figure in both New York and Hong Kong. As Yu digs deeper into his case, suspecting that an illegal Chinese immigrant may be the serial rapist he is seeking, he finds evidence of a connection between the rapist and the local gangsters. Though Chang builds less suspense than more seasoned police procedural authors, he presents a fascinating look at New York's Chinese-American urban community and its subcultures." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Here's a dark slice of New York's Chinatown that most of us...have probably never seen. Henry Chang takes us on an unforgettable guided tour of its lower depths. In a field awash with pallid noir thrillers, this one is the real thing. A genuine winner." Herbert H. Lieberman, author of City of the Dead and Shadow Dancers

Review:

"A dramatic evocation of the exotic....More rewarding than a trip to Chinatown." Qin Xiaolong, author of Death of a Red Herione

Review:

"An intriguing, up-close examination of a closed community. Give this one to fans of S. J. Rozan's Lydia Chin and Bill Smith series, also set in New York's Chinatown." Booklist

Review:

"Hard-boiled enough for most die-hard fans, procedurally correct, and on target when Yu is dealing with the remnants of his father's past, this is a great beginning to what should be a worthy series." Library Journal

Review:

"Chang has a cool, measured style that lets in some light, but not much hope, on a society that lives by its own rules." New York Times

Review:

"Chang drops a few stitches as his story knits together, but this is a nasty, terse slice of noir, and Yu is a fellow whose adventures should be worth following." Washington Post

Review:

"Instead of emphasizing mystery or momentum, Chang drenches his story in atmosphere, backstories and customs, building up a snapshot of the neighborhood detail by detail." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

A Chinese American detective takes on the seedy underworld of New York City's Chinatown.

Synopsis:


"Here's a dark slice of New York's Chinatown that most of us...have probably never seen. Henry Chang takes us on an unforgettable guided tour of its lower depths. In a field awash with pallid noir thrillers, this one is the real thing. A genuine winner."-Herbert H. Lieberman, author of City of the Deadand Shadow Dancers

"A dramatic evocation of the exotic. . . . More rewarding than a trip to Chinatown."-Qin Xiaolong, author of Death of a Red Herione

Detective Jack Yu grew up in Chinatown. Some of his friends are criminals now; some are dead. Jack has just been transferred to his old neighborhood, where 99 percent of the cops are white. Unlike the others, confused by the residents who speak another language even when they're speaking English, Jack knows what's going on.

He is confronted with a serial rapist who preys on young Chinese girls. Then Uncle Four, an elderly and respected leader of the charitable Hip Ching Society and member of the Hong Kong-based Red Circle Triad, is gunned down. Jack learns that benevolent Uncle Four had a gorgeous young mistress imported from Hong Kong. And she is missing.

To solve these crimes, Jack turns to an elderly fortune teller, an old friend of his, in addition to employing modern police methods. This debut mystery power-fully conveys the sights, sounds, and smells of Chinatown, as well as the attitudes of its inhabitants.

About the Author

Henry Chang was born and raised in Chinatown where he now lives. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute and CCNY and is currently a Security Director.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781569474372
Author:
Chang, Henry
Publisher:
Soho Crime
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Chinese americans
Subject:
Chinatown (New York, N.Y.)
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20061101
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
204
Dimensions:
7.78x5.36x.90 in. .71 lbs.

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Product details 204 pages Soho Crime - English 9781569474372 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At the start of Chang's promising debut, NYPD detective Jack Yu must cope with his father's recent death and investigate the rape of a grade-school girl on the fringes of Chinatown, where he grew up and has just been stationed. Meanwhile, would-be gangster Johnny Wong is carrying on with Mona, the gorgeous mistress of his employer, Uncle Four, head of the local branch of the Hip Ching tong and a powerful underworld figure in both New York and Hong Kong. As Yu digs deeper into his case, suspecting that an illegal Chinese immigrant may be the serial rapist he is seeking, he finds evidence of a connection between the rapist and the local gangsters. Though Chang builds less suspense than more seasoned police procedural authors, he presents a fascinating look at New York's Chinese-American urban community and its subcultures." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Here's a dark slice of New York's Chinatown that most of us...have probably never seen. Henry Chang takes us on an unforgettable guided tour of its lower depths. In a field awash with pallid noir thrillers, this one is the real thing. A genuine winner."
"Review" by , "A dramatic evocation of the exotic....More rewarding than a trip to Chinatown."
"Review" by , "An intriguing, up-close examination of a closed community. Give this one to fans of S. J. Rozan's Lydia Chin and Bill Smith series, also set in New York's Chinatown."
"Review" by , "Hard-boiled enough for most die-hard fans, procedurally correct, and on target when Yu is dealing with the remnants of his father's past, this is a great beginning to what should be a worthy series."
"Review" by , "Chang has a cool, measured style that lets in some light, but not much hope, on a society that lives by its own rules."
"Review" by , "Chang drops a few stitches as his story knits together, but this is a nasty, terse slice of noir, and Yu is a fellow whose adventures should be worth following."
"Review" by , "Instead of emphasizing mystery or momentum, Chang drenches his story in atmosphere, backstories and customs, building up a snapshot of the neighborhood detail by detail."
"Synopsis" by ,
A Chinese American detective takes on the seedy underworld of New York City's Chinatown.

"Synopsis" by ,
"Here's a dark slice of New York's Chinatown that most of us...have probably never seen. Henry Chang takes us on an unforgettable guided tour of its lower depths. In a field awash with pallid noir thrillers, this one is the real thing. A genuine winner."-Herbert H. Lieberman, author of City of the Deadand Shadow Dancers

"A dramatic evocation of the exotic. . . . More rewarding than a trip to Chinatown."-Qin Xiaolong, author of Death of a Red Herione

Detective Jack Yu grew up in Chinatown. Some of his friends are criminals now; some are dead. Jack has just been transferred to his old neighborhood, where 99 percent of the cops are white. Unlike the others, confused by the residents who speak another language even when they're speaking English, Jack knows what's going on.

He is confronted with a serial rapist who preys on young Chinese girls. Then Uncle Four, an elderly and respected leader of the charitable Hip Ching Society and member of the Hong Kong-based Red Circle Triad, is gunned down. Jack learns that benevolent Uncle Four had a gorgeous young mistress imported from Hong Kong. And she is missing.

To solve these crimes, Jack turns to an elderly fortune teller, an old friend of his, in addition to employing modern police methods. This debut mystery power-fully conveys the sights, sounds, and smells of Chinatown, as well as the attitudes of its inhabitants.
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