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Chinatown Beatby Henry Chang
Synopses & Reviews
“This is a nasty, terse slice of noir, and Yu is a fellow whose adventures should be worth following.”- The Washington Post Book World “For readers who relish noir suspense, it doesn't get much better than this stunning novel."- The Boston Globe “It is an evocative, often bleak, but fascinating view of being at ‘cross-cultural odds' that fuels Chinatown Beat, the successful debut by New York author Henry Chang.”- South Florida Sun-Sentinel “ Chinatown Beatis a classic noir, filled with longing, violence, and that uniquely urban melancholy, but it also brings something new to the table, a loving specificity of a people and place, the multicultures of New York's Chinatown, that has rarely if ever been encountered in fiction before. A real discovery.”-Richard Price, author of Freedomlandand Clockers “An auspicious beginning.”- Richmond Times-Dispatch NYPD Detective Jack Yu was raised in Chinatown. Some of his old friends are criminals now; some are dead. Recently transferred to his old neighborhood, where 99 percent of the cops are white, Jack is confronted with a serial rapist who preys on young Chinese girls. Then Uncle Four, an elderly leader of the charitable Hip Ching Society and member of the Hong Kong-based Red Circle Triad, is gunned down. To solve these crimes, Jack turns to both modern police methods and an ancient fortuneteller. Henry Changwas born and raised in New York City's Chinatown, where he now lives. He is a graduate of the Pratt Institute and The City College of New York and is currently a security director in Manhattan.
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 awashwith pallid noir thrillers, this one is the real thing. A genuine winner.--Herbert H. Lieberman, author of City of the Dead and Shadow Dancers
A dramatic evocation of the exotic. . . . More rewarding than a trip to Chinatown.--Qin Xiaolong, author of Death of a Red Herione
DetectiveJack 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 theresidents 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. ThenUncle 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 mistressimported 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 mysterypower-fully conveys the sights, sounds, and smells of Chinatown, as well as the attitudes of its inhabitants.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Henry Chang was born and raised in New York City's Chinatown, where he now lives. He is a graduate of the Pratt Institute and the City College of New York and is currently a security director in Manhattan.
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