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by Qiu Xiaolong

The second book in the Inspector Chen investigationsInspector Chen’s mentor in the Shanghai Police Bureau has assigned him to escort US Marshal Catherine Rohn. Her mission is to bring Wen, the wife of a witness in an important criminal trial, to the United States. Inspector Rohn is already en route when Chen learns that Wen has unaccountably vanished from her village in Fujian. Or is this just what he is supposed to believe? Chen resents his role; he would rather investigate the triad killing in Shanghai’s beautiful Bund Park. Li insists that saving face with Inspector Rohn takes priority. So Chen Cao, the ambitious son of a father who imbued him with Confucian precepts, must tread warily as he tries once again to be a good cop, a good man and also a loyal Party member.
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ISBN: 1569473412
ISBN13: 978-1569473412
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Qiu Xiaolong
Language: English
Publisher: Soho Crime; Revised ed. edition (September 1, 2003)
Pages: 368 pages
ePUB size: 1772 kb
FB2 size: 1706 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 192
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net rider
Shanghai's epicurean poet cop Chief Inspector Chen tracks down his quarry once again. What I like: that the mystery takes the reader through big city China and small city China; botanical garden China; friends and connections "guanxi" China; hotels 5-star or small rural; and what it is like for a family to live in one of Shanghai's one room apartments. This time Chen is assigned as escort/bodyguard/tourguide to a fetchingly charming U.S. Marshall who has arrived to bring back to the U.S. the Chinese wife of a Chinese man who is part of an illegal smuggling operation that brings Chinese immigrants to the USA. He has copped a plea in return for testifying against the kingpin of the operation who is standing trial in just two weeks. Simple enough, but the Chinese wife can't be found. Has the local triad (read Mafia) made off with her? Does she not want to be reunited with her husband, who has abused and beaten her? And what is to be made of a man's body clad in designer pajamas found in the public garden? Not to locate the wife is the stuff of international incident, Chinese disgrace and suspicions. It makes for a very good mystery, but the writing is flawed to my taste by too many poems and poetic references, incessant Confuscius sayings, and far too much description of the foods being served at the frequent lunches, dinners, and breakfasts that Chen and his beautiful American enjoy always at a discreet and extra fine eating place. And oh yes, the attempt to weave romantic feelings between Chen and the attractive Marshall, just doesn't come off. I recall the old Charlie Chan movies that I loved in my childhood set in San Francisco's Chinatown; now I want to read more of Inspector Chen, much more authentic but perhaps no more entertaining.
Tori Texer
I enjoy the books by Qiu Xiaolong. The books are well written and well translated. It gives a interesting insight into how China and specifically Shanghai lives and breaths. It doesn't gloss over the problems that humans in China have but does a good job of explaining human nature while touching on some of the challenges brought on by the Cultural Revolution. It neither defends or excuses the way things were or are but describes humanity through the eyes of a policeman who tries to do right even if that is sometimes influenced by politics. If you want to get a glimpse of Chinese culture via a story, this is an excellent way to do that.
I began reading this series at the suggestion of my instructor of a class about China. Chief Inspector Chen is a cop as well as a rising member of the Communist Party. He is also an English literature major and a poet. In this second episode Chen locates a missing woman. Great descriptions of food. Many interesting characters. I plan to keep reading this series.
If you have any interest in contemporary China, classical Chinese aphorisms and poetry, Chinese food and culture, you will delight in any of Qiu Xiaolong's neatly plotted and always interesting mysteries. If you have read and enjoyed Tarquin Hall's Vish Puri, Martin Cruz Smith's Renko, or John Burdett's Sonchai Jitpleecheep, you will be very happy to add Inspector Chen to your list of fictional foreign detectives.
I read a review of one of the Inspector Chen novels several years ago, but had trouble locating the series. Now that I have, I am a loyal fan. These novels work as police procedurals, but are far more than that. They are literary, plus they give the reader a glimpse into life in China in the turbulent 1990's.
I was happy to read the disappointed reviews here because not far into this novel I was doubting my impression of Xiaolong's previous novel, Death of a Red Heroine, which I had thought was wonderful. I'm glad to see that others think this one is not as good, but sad that Xiaolong went this wooden, formulaic route with it. I will try the third book in the series and see if things improve.
Qiu knows how to write an engaging mystery. He has a interesting lead character and the local color feels very accurate. Actually right after reading this the scandal about the murder of the Englishman broke out. I felt I could understand it better because I read this book.

Washington, DC
Superintendent Chen is a poetic gentle man who knows how and when to work a complicated system of politics. While he generally "gets his man" success isn't always clear or savory. Like a bitter green tea, Chen unfurls to reveal so much of life in China. This series is not to be missed if you love learning about China today.