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Snakes Can't Run: A Mysteryby Ed Lin
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An epic of New York Chinatown noir in the vein of George Pelecanos and Richard Price, this is the riveting sequel to the highly acclaimed This Is a Bust
Its a hot summer in New Yorks Chinatown in 1976 and Robert Chow, the Chinese-American detective son of an illegal immigrant, takes on a new breed of ruthless human smugglers— snakeheads—when two bodies of smuggled Chinese are found dead under the Brooklyn Bridge underpass. But as Robert comes closer to finding some answers, he discovers a dark secret in his own familys past...
"Set in New York City in 1976, Lin's accomplished second novel to feature NYPD detective Robert Chow (after 2007's This Is a Bust) finds the Chinese-American cop, who's still haunted by memories of his service in the Vietnam War, relegated to undercover work posing as a Con Ed worker. Meanwhile, other officers in Chow's precinct are focused on apprehending the FALN terrorists who set off a bomb right outside police headquarters. The murders of two Asian men, who are shot and dumped under the Manhattan Bridge, take Chow away from the drudgery of his undercover assignment and onto the trail of the head of a ring of human smugglers known as snakeheads. Lin portrays the police, including his lead, warts and all, and paints a convincing picture of Manhattan's Chinatown. Readers interested in the integration of Asian-Americans into American society, as well as those who like gritty procedurals, will be well rewarded." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
An epic of New York Chinatown noir in the vein of George Pelacanos and Richard Price, this is the riveting sequel to the highly acclaimed "This Is a Bust."
About the Author
ED LIN is the only author to win the Asian American Literary Members Choice Award twice, first for his novel Waylaid and then for This is a Bust. Awarded Booklists Editors Choice and Top Ten First Novel for Waylaid, he lives in New York City.
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