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Ray Chen Smith is a writer and teacher living in Los Angeles, California.

In his late twenties, he wrote a literary novel set in China then decided it wasn’t fit for public consumption. He did, however, chop up a couple of parts and sold the chunks to literary magazines. (Both stories can be downloaded for free from his website.)

For his second novel, he decided to go unabashedly commercial, and The Jazz Cage is the result.

He is currently finishing up his third novel, a thriller titled Dawn at Midnight.

Further information—the aforementioned short stories, a more detailed biography—can be found on Ray’s website:

www.raychensmith.com

He also welcomes comments, positive or otherwise, to his email address:

raychensmith@gmail.com

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Three facts of life: you got to slip Uncle Sam some green, you’re going to croak, and Morgan Freeman kicks ass. Now, I don’t mean he can kick an MMA fighter’s ass or your ass or even your grandma’s ass. At 75, if he tried to kick anyone’s ass, it would be probably his own when he slips and cracks his hip in a dozen places.

No, I mean Morgan Freeman kicked the ass of life. Like Steve Martin in Th... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 4.00 · 21 ratings · 16 reviews · 1 distinct work · Similar authors
The Jazz Cage
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 2012 — 4 editions
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Ray Smith rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Field Gray by Philip Kerr
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The mystery is so convoluted, I was lost for 90% of the book. But the character development makes it worthwhile: our once young and dashing hero is now an old man with an old man's regrets and limitations.
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The Drop by Dennis Lehane
The Drop
by Dennis Lehane (Goodreads Author)
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A novel that's really an expanded short story. Not bad, but this is very minor Lehane.
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The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
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Another boring J.K. Rowling mystery whose plot consists entirely of drawn-out interviews. The hero is never in much danger, and there's no sense of urgency to anything. Only Rowling's exceptional writing had me reading to the (weak) ending.
Ray Smith rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2012
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Great writing and the most psycho villain I've read in a while. But the beginning was real slow, and the book sort of falls apart at the end. I HATED the ending--very anti-climactic after such great twists and turns in the middle of the book. I'm sur...more
Ray Smith rated a book 4 of 5 stars
If The Dead Rise Not by Philip Kerr
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Not bad. Two mysteries--one in Germany, the other in Cuba--for the price of one. The ending had a couple of good surprises too.
Ray Smith rated a book 3 of 5 stars
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
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Not a bad book, particularly the first half's recounting of the first days of Nazi Germany. Larson's descriptions of the insanity that lurked just below the country's calm facade were quite effective and very, very scary. But Ambassador Dodd and his...more
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The One from the Other by Philip Kerr
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One of the better Bernard Gunther mysteries because the mystery is so strange. Even our hero couldn't figure it out till near the end of the story.
Ray Smith rated a book 4 of 5 stars
A Quiet Flame by Philip Kerr
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Maybe the best Bernie Gunther mystery since it's set not in Nazi Germany (which kind of got old by the second book) but in post-WWII Argentina, which is made very exotic here. The love story is quite touching too.
Ray Smith rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
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Overlong and often longwinded, the book nevertheless works because the Mongols' history is so strange, like something out of the most improbable fantasy novel. Even their victims sound exotic: the Sect of the Assassins, the Muslim caliphate, the Song...more
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A German Requiem by Philip Kerr
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Not bad, sort of entertaining, but the mystery isn't great. And the novelty of a German private eye is starting to peter out much like Martin Cruz Smith's Russian investigator.
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