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One Red Bastard (Detective Robert Chow #3)

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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In One Red Bastard, Ed Lin's thrilling sequel to the highly acclaimed Snakes Can't Run, "reminiscent of Elmore Leonard… 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 girlfr ...more
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Minotaur Books
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Siobhan Senier
I find Ed Lin's murder mystery series (this is the third) greatly diverting. The stories are set in NYC's Chinatown in the 1970s, and include interesting history of how that community was divided among immigrants loyal to the Communists and those loyal to the Nationalists, as well as sense of the great diversity of immigrant Chinese within Chinatown. And then there is NYPD detective Robert Chow, who dis-identifies with most of these groups. Chow is sardonic and funny; in this third book he's rec ...more
Lisa
I learned a lot about the political landscape with China and Taiwan from this book. It inspired me to learn more, which is always a good thing.

The mystery was so-so. The dialogue was reminiscent of Raymond Chandler.
Monica
Robert Chow is a more effective policeman and a happier person since he stopped drinking. He has a girlfriend, a journalis. He is mentoring her younger brother - encouraging him to get into a precollege research project at Columbia.

It's 1976 and the turmoil of post Mao and post cultural Revolution China has echoes in Manhattan's Chinatown. Rival gangs of pro Mao and Pro Kuomintang men are jockeying for power. Mao's daughter is coming to New York to seek asylum, and Lonnie, Chow's girlfriend gets
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Donald
I love the Robert Chow novels!
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"His (Ed Lin's) trilogy of crime novels featuring Chinese-American Police Detective Robert Chow set in 1970s Chinatown has also won awards and garnered praise. The series so far comprises This Is A Bust (2007) (Members Choice Award, 2008 Asian American Literary Awards, Booklist Starred Review, and Listed in Best American Last Sentences of Books of 2007 in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008, Edited by Dave Eggers), Snakes Can't Run (2010) (Publ
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Richard
For some reason setting is a huge part of whether I'll like a mystery/crime book or not. The 1970s NYC Chinatown setting of Ed Lin's Robert Chow series is one of my favorites. There's lots of other great stuff about this series too, but the atmosphere really sticks with me.
Tenzin
Interesting cultural elements woven in, thus the extra star. Not much of mystery fan.
Kate
Good, but I think it dragged a bit.
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Ed Lin is a journalist by training and an all-around stand-up kinda guy. He's the author of several books: Waylaid, his literary debut, and his Robert Chow crime series, set in 1970s Manhattan Chinatown: This Is a Bust, Snakes Can't Run, and One Red Bastard. Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. Lin lives in New York with his ...more
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Detective Robert Chow (3 books)
  • This Is a Bust
  • Snakes Can't Run
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