Synopses & Reviews
Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is assigned a high-profile anti-corruption case, one in which the principal figure has long since fled to the United States and beyond the reach of the Chinese government. But Xing left behind his organization, and Chen, while assigned to root the co-conspirators, is not sure whether he's actually being set up to fail. In a twisting case that takes him from Shanghai all the way to the U.S., reuniting him with his colleague and counterpart from the U.S. Marshall's Service, Inspector Catherine Rhon, Chen finds himself at odds with hidden, powerful, and vicious enemies. At once a compelling crime novel and an insightful, moving portrayal of contemporary China, A Case of Two Cities is the finest novel yet in this critically-acclaimed, award-wining series.
"Chinese expatriate Qiu's gripping fourth Inspector Chen novel (after 2004's When Red Is Black) captures an honest detective's struggle to be true to his professional ideals under a repressive regime. The Communist Party leadership appears to be vigorously investigating rampant corruption among the profligate power elite during China's economic reforms of the recent past. After the head of the Fujian special case squad is murdered in sordid circumstances, Chen Cao of the Shanghai police bureau discovers that the dead man had been probing a wealthy businessman, Xing Xing, who fled to the United States to escape prosecution. Chen himself is then given the highest authority to carry on the investigation, which takes him to the U.S., but he soon realizes he's not meant to succeed. Chen stands in a class with Martin Cruz Smith's Russian investigator, Arkady Renko, and P.D. James's Scotland Yard inspector, Adam Dalgliesh." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Praise for A Case of Two Cities: "His characters are expertly drawn, his prose superb." -- Library Journal (starred review) "Unusual and compelling...a fascinating series." -- Booklist
Asked to take the lead in a corruption investigation in which the principal figure and his family have alreadly fled to the U.S., Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Bureau is charged to uncover the culprit's partners-in-crime and their organization, following a trail from Shanghai to the U.S. and a reunion with Inspector Catherine Rhon of the U.S. Marshal's service. 25,000 first printing.
At once a compelling crime novel and a moving portrayal of contemporary China, "A Case of Two Cities" is the finest novel in the award-winning Inspector Chen series.
Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Bureau is summoned by an official of the party to take the lead in a corruption investigation - one where the principle figure and his family have long since fled to the United States and beyond the reach of the Chinese government. But he left behind the organization and his partners-in-crime, and Inspector Chen is charged to uncover those responsible and act as necessary to end the corruption ring. In a twisting case that takes him from Shanghai, all the way to the U.S., reuniting him with his previous cohort from the U.S. Marshall's service - Inspector Catherine Rhon.
At once a compelling crime novel and a insightful, moving portrayal of everyday life, The Emperor's Sword is the next installment in the critically acclaimed, award-wining Inspector Chen series.
About the Author
Qiu Xiaolong was born and raised in Shanghai, moving to the U.S. in 1988. He is the author of three previous novels featuring Inspector Chen. His work has won the Anthony Award and been a finalist for the Edgar Award (Death of a Red Heroine) and has been chosen as a Booksense selection (When Red is Black). He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.