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A Case of Two Cities
Qiu Xiaolong

Classification : Thriller, Crime & Mystery
Pub Date : Jan 01, 2007
Imprint : Sceptre
Page Extent : 400
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780340898536
Price : 699

About the book

Now a BBC Radio 4 Drama Series.

Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Bureau is summoned by an official of the Party to lead a highly charged corruption investigation. Tentacles have spread through the police force, the civil service, the vice trade and deep into the criminal underworld. The principal figure and his family have long since fled to the United States, beyond the reach of the Chinese government. But the network is still intact and it is only a matter of time before it becomes stronger than before.

Chen is charged - and it is a job he cannot refuse - with uncovering those responsible, and destroying the organisation from the top down to its roots. In a twisting case that reunites him with his counterpart from the US Marshals service - Inspector Catherine Rohn - Chen must find a measure of justice in a corrupt, expedient world.


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Wonderful.
Gripping . . . Chen stands in a class with Martin Cruz Smith's Russian investigator, Arkady Renko, and P.D. James's Scotland Yard inspector, Adam Dalgliesh.
Qiu Xiaolong is one of the brightest stars in the firmament of modern literary crime fiction. His Inspector Chen mysteries dazzle as they entertain, combining crime with Chinese philosophy, poetry and food, Triad gangsters and corrupt officials.
A vivid portrait of modern Chinese society . . . full of the sights, sounds and smells of Shanghai . . . A work of real distinction.
The usual enjoyable mix of murder, poetry and contradictions of contemporary Chinese culture. Chen is a splendid creation.
The first police whodunnit written by a Chinese author in English and set in contemporary China . . . its quality matches its novelty.
With strong and subtle characterisation, Qiu Xiaolong draws us into a fascinating world where the greatest mystery revealed is the mystery of present-day China itself.
Chen is a great creation, an honourable man in a world full of deception and treachery.
Atmospheric and rich in behind the scenes detail . . . Morse of the Far East.
Xiaolong's astute rendering of the many contradictions of contemporary Chinese life centres on the brilliant Inspector Chen . . . A series that might well get you hooked.
A fresh, fast-paced detective thriller that will keep you turning those pages.
Compelling . . . this fast-moving crime novel admirably depicts the intriguing struggles of characters grasping a foothold in a new and rising China.
     
Qiu Xiaolong
Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai. He was selected for membership of the Chinese Writers` Association and published poetry translations and criticism in China. He has lived in the United States since...(+)
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