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Judging Time (April Woo #4)
by Leslie Glass
This fourth thrilling crime novel featuring Asian-American NYPD Detective April Woo places her in an double-murder investigation involving race, class, sex, and a parasitic media eager to make sensational headlines. The beautiful wife of a former pro football player is found dead alongside her husband's best friend -- one viciously stabbed to death, the other a victim of a ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Signet
(first published February 1st 1998)
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Started out very promising -- especially enjoyed the complex and subtle examinations of race/gender/ethnicity. At the same time it was strange to follow cops working on solving a mystery who seemed to get absolutely nowhere despite their hard work and yet suddenly put all the pieces together at the very end. Also was strange to get first-person narratives from various suspects which seemed more to confirm the dead-ends of the cops. The two main protagonists were the only reliable narrators. Stil ...more
A somewhat derivate mystery, but it is fun to have a Chinese detective, Amy Who, and the cultural elements overlapping with the cop culture of being tough. Her mom, Sei, is fun in her derisions to her daughter, calling her a worm, her superstition and pressure to marry Chinese. Amy’s potential lover, Mike Sanchez, adds some spice as they try to figure out how Tor, a wealthy Scandinavian, and Merrill Liberty, wife of an NFL star, are murdered with an instrument smaller than an ice pick. There are ...more
Mar 29, 2008 Susan Mangigian rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a good, fun time.
I love these books. April Woo and her mother, the Dragon Lady and hysterical in the way they interact. Her boyfriend, sexy Mike, the romantic Mexican police officer is wonderful. I believe these only come out in paperback with no fanfare, but they are a good read.
LESLIE GLASS has worked in publishing and has written for a variety of media. She was a journalist at New York magazine and a short-story and feature writer for Cosmopolitan and Woman’s Own in Great Britain. A playwright and the author of the critically acclaimed mystery series featuring NYPD Detective Sergeant April Woo, Glass is also the author of Over His Dead Body. She lives in New York City a ...moreMore about Leslie Glass...
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