Synopses & Reviews
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.)
"Like an astronaut planting a flag on the moon, I'm claiming the discovery of Ed Lin and you're all going to have to fight me for him. He's my favorite new writer in years. I can't wait to see what he does next." - SJ Rozan, author of Shanghai Moon
"Reminiscent of the urban noir of Charles Willeford…both lively and dead-on. Snakes Can't Run is a book with fangs. It wastes no time coiling you in its plot and devouring the reader with both venomous and memorable characters." - Arthur Nersesian, author of The Fuck Up
"Pulsating...reminiscent of Elmore Leonard. As we follow the novel's singular detective, Robert Chow, and delve deeper into the fascinating, labyrinthine subculture of New York's Chinatown in the 1970s, Snakes Can't Run becomes compulsively readable." - Don Lee, author of Wrack and Ruin and Country of Origin
"Ed Lin is a new gifted voice in the urban crime and mystery genre, depicting his inner landscape, New York's Chinatown and beyond, with innate affection, sharp acuteness and understated humor. Lin's charm oozes from the amazing arrays of characters prowling that Island-tip precinct; his tales are well-simmered mysteries, to be slowly savored and relished."
- Da Chen, author of Colors of the Mountain and Brothers
"Snakes Can't Run is a unique down-to-the-gritty-sidewalk police procedural. If you dig the novels of Eddie Bunker or movies like 'King of New York' and 'Mean Streets,' Ed Lin's subterranean neighborhood is for you." - Barry Gifford, author of Imagination of the Heart and Wild at Heart
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.