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Death Money (Detective Jack Yu #4)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In Death Money novelist Henry Chang returns us to the Chinatown of NYPD Detective Jack Yu, and spins one of his most noir tales yet.

When the body of an unidentified Asian man is found in the Harlem River, NYPD Detective Jack Yu is pulled in to investigate. The murder takes Jack from the benevolent associations of Chinatown to the take-out restaurants, strip clubs, and unde
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Soho Crime (first published January 1st 2014)
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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
Gloria Feit
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
Ted Lehmann
May 03, 2014 Ted Lehmann rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
John McKenna
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
Lance Wright
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:
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.
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!
P.J. Coldren
Aug 27, 2014 P.J. Coldren rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Jones
A welcome addition to the Detective Jack Yu series. This is a classic noir whodunit with Chinatown atmosphere. An enjoyable quick read.
Al Stoess
Sep 02, 2014 Al Stoess rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Chang fans. Yu fans.
Learned things about Chinese, China Town. Otherwise standard fare.
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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 G ...more
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