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Death Money (A Detective Jack Yu Investigation #4)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  70 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
When a floater that surfaces in the Harlem River turns out to be Chinese, Yu leaves his downtown precinct to investigate. Yu knocks on the usual doors, and the trail leads to the Gee family, noodle manufacturers who on the surface look like the ideal immigrant success story.

When the body of an unidentified Asian man is found in the Harlem River, NYPD Detective Jack Yu is
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Soho Crime (first published January 1st 2014)
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Mar 11, 2014 GlenK rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
It's been a few years since Henry Chang has published a NYPD Detective Jack Yu procedural and this, the 4th, is a welcome return. Here, Yu is assigned (seemingly based on ethnicity alone) to investigate the death of an unidentified young Asian man found in the Harlem River. Just like a solo private eye (this book reads like a noirish private eye thriller), Yu is basically on his own (he has no partner and calls on only minimal police assistance) as he searches for the identities of killer and vi ...more
Mar 03, 2017 Viktor rated it liked it
Not up to the standard of the first three, but still terrific. Looking forward to the next one.
Ted Lehmann
May 02, 2014 Ted Lehmann rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery/Detective Fans
Henry Chang's Death Money (ShHo Crime, 2014, 225 pages, $25.00) is a police procedural with a difference. Set in the, to most people, mysterious, even alien, nether world of the Chinese immigrant community in New York City, the story follows Detective Jack Yu, as he investigates the murder of a young Asian man found hung op on a tangle of branches in the middle of the East River on a cold January night. Jack Yu, referred to as Jack throughout the narrative, is called into follow up on the myster ...more
John McKenna
Jan 21, 2015 John McKenna rated it really liked it
Mysterious Book Report No. 182
by John Dwaine McKenna
Ever been to Chinatown in New York City? Go down to Mott Street in lower Manhattan and it’s as if you’ve stepped into a foreign land . . . it’s a place of exotic sights, sounds and smells, a place where even the signs on the store fronts are in another language; indecipherable for nearly all English speakers. For those who live there, it’s a reminder of the country they left behind and a comfort because of its familiarity. That’s the Chinatown
Gloria Feit
Oct 14, 2014 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
Detective Jack Wu once again is tapped to solve a case because he is of Chinese descent. When the body of an Asian man is seen embedded in the debris and ice of the Harlem River, he is called from his Chinatown precinct to take control of the case, which turns out to be one of murder.

The only problem is that the victim has no identification, and there isn’t a clue to be found. So Wu follows the Chinese community through the city, north to The Bronx and its restaurants, gambling and sex dens, and
Monkey King
Feb 07, 2017 Monkey King rated it it was ok
Not my favorite in the series. Felt like there was little mystery and more laying out the story. I was never on the edge of my seat but I do like the Cantonese phases and the integrating Chinese American culture. That was the reason I started this series. Hoping the next one brings better mystery and intrigue.
Jul 05, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it
Henry Chang's Chinatown is richly described and complex - a far cry from the Canal Street hucksters, though they are there too.

NYPD detective Jack Yu is pulled in to investigate the death of an anonymous Asian floater pulled from the Harlem River. It turns out to be a murder, not a suicide or accident, and the first job is to identify the body. Yu's knowledge of the neighborhood and his street connections, old friends and snitches, a witch, are all critical to his ability to give the dead man a
Diane Ferbrache
When an Asian man's body is found floating in the river, the victim of murder, Asian NYPD detective Jack Yu is called in to navigate the underworld of Chinatown. With connections to drugs and gambling and some hardcore Chinese gangs, the "floater" turns out to reveal much more than a simple murder.

A passable detective story in the spirit of Sam Spade and Spencer, this is a story worthy of the adjective "noir". The Chinatown setting is particularly seedy and every clue reveals something even seed
Jan 06, 2015 Martina rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
Really more like 3 1/2 or 3 3/4.... I really have enjoyed Chang's series. We did the first one, Chinatown Beat, with the Mystery Book Group and it was very well received. This outing felt a bit more 'enclosed' than some of the earlier books, but that's not a bad thing. The focus on the culture and function of a Chinese policeman, both in and out of the Chinatown area, was especially interesting given the current issues about race and bias in the city's police department. Mainly it was just great ...more
May 02, 2014 Harvee rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the author's previous books, Year of the Dog and Red Jade, and continue to find the world of NYC's Chinatown fascinating, as it appears in this series. The novel has a no-holds-barred frankness that may shock some, but its honesty in its portrayal of people, places, and situations makes it an intriguing book.
There is a subplot that I wish had been developed more in the novel - Jack Yu's romance with an attractive Chinese lawyer. The subplot could help to lighten some of the tense event
Mar 28, 2014 Cassandra rated it really liked it
This is a decent who done it type book. It isn't the best but it was a very entertaining read that was easy to get into. It was not a difficult read either. The story was a little predictable but like I said still a fun read and worth the time spent. It is a book I could and would recommend to others that want a who done it investigation type book that is simple and easy, not overly done or dramatized.
Lance Wright
Apr 13, 2014 Lance Wright rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-titles
This mystery marks the return of NYPD homicide detective Jack Yu after an absence of several years. The overall message seems to be that life is complicated, and life in Chinatown is especially complicated. An interesting and engaging story, to be sure, but one that is somehow incomplete, a solution but one without answers. Read our full review, here:
Apr 11, 2015 Max rated it it was amazing
It was interesting, and ultimately a touch unsettling to meet the creator of Jack Yu and the seedy underside of NYC's Chinatown when he recently visited our tv show, Books du Jour. Learn more about Henry Chang here: - BTW, Henry isn't nearly as frightening as some of the characters he's created!
Oct 24, 2015 Bernard rated it did not like it
I did not get into this book. Apparently nice specific accounts of chinatown in New York that may make the novel more interesting for a NE resident. The character of the inspector is very slim, the plot has little tension, the writing style is streetwise but does not enough to enrich the pleasure of my reading
Feb 01, 2016 Rina rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
Rating: probably a 2.75. This is the fourth in a series and in most instances you can figure out what came before. Though not a great literary accomplishment, I liked the mystery, Det. Jack Yu and all the food. Wouldn't mind having him guide me around town in a nosh-fest of foods from various regions. Was glad to see the human, romantic side of him too.
P.J. Coldren
Aug 27, 2014 P.J. Coldren rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of police procedurals, darker fiction
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Almost noir, but not quite, IMHO. Loved seeing that side of Chinatown not seen by most of the world. Thought it was a good police procedural. Will go looking for the previous three books.
Aug 25, 2016 ND rated it liked it
details are great
Elizabeth Jones
Aug 02, 2014 Elizabeth Jones rated it liked it
A welcome addition to the Detective Jack Yu series. This is a classic noir whodunit with Chinatown atmosphere. An enjoyable quick read.
Mar 28, 2015 Alina rated it really liked it
Great book. This really pulls you into the world of Chinese immigrant life in NYC. I was happy to discover this author and will read more.
Aug 02, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
Very picturesque and written with both a sense of what it would be like to be an ABC (American Born Chinese) in the midst of a culture steeped in Chinese culture. Very NYC.
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Henry Chang is a New Yorker, a native son of Chinatown and the Lower East Side. His poems have appeared in the seminal Yellow Pearl, anthology, and in Gangs In New York’s Chinatown. He has written for Bridge Magazine, and his fiction has appeared in On A Bed Of Rice and in the NuyorAsian Anthology. His debut novel Chinatown Beat garnered high praise from the New York Times Book Review, the Boston ...more
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