Today’s featured book is One Red Bastard by Ed Lin.
Why I chose this book:
Looks like I’m on a “bastard” kick (see yesterday’s post). This one is quick moving, well–researched, great tension. Set in the corruption of New York’s Chinatown in 1976 following the death of Mao Zedong. Sequel to Lin’s Snakes Can’t Run.
In One Red Bastard, Ed Lin’s thrilling sequel to the highly acclaimed Snakes Can’t Run, “reminiscent of Elmore Leona… Compulsively readable” (Don Lee), it’s the fall of 1976. New York’s Chinatown is in turmoil over news that Mao’s daughter is seeking asylum in the U.S. The series hero Robert Chow is a neighborhood detective in training, and he is thrilled when his girlfriend Lonnie scores an interview with the Chinese representative of Mao’s daughter. But hours after the interview, the man is found dead. Lonnie, the last person to see him alive, is the main suspect.
As Lonnie is subjected to increasing amounts of intimidation from his fellow policemen, who want to close the case, Robert is tempted to reach into his own bag of dirty tricks. Will he stay on the right side of the law, or will his loyalty to Lonnie get the better of him? Find out in this exciting and fast–paced mystery set in one of New York’s most fascinating neighborhoods.
“Compelling…Lin offers a vivid picture of an earlier Manhattan Chinatown than S.J. Rozan, whose fans are likely to warm to the street–savvy Chow.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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