A Loyal Character Dancer (Inspector Chen Cao #2)
Chief Inspection Chen Cao has been assigned to escort U.S. Marshall Catherine Rohn. His mission is to make her happy, keep her safe and out of trouble. Her mission is to bring to the United States, Wen, the wife of an important criminal witness. When they go to get Wen, she has disappeared. Chen has to find her, Catherine wants to be an active part o...more
Inspector Chen is a poet and a translator, and a poem based on historical fact provides the key to solve this case.
Chen's deft working within the political system of today's China is admirable and interesting as always, and this book finds him balancing on the tightrope of cooperation with the United States to do something about illegal immigration and the powerful Chinese gangs whose power is based on their lucrative exploitation of immigr...more
Crime novels are as good as their Detectives. We delight in the Detectives’ failings which serve, not to hide, but to shine light on the brilliance of their often idiosyncratic investigations. We admire their often solitary social existence, as they work under-appreciated and most often, against the established order of things. We enjoy the relationship that develops between the Detectives and their sidekicks, though it is always an unlikely relationship, for the sidekicks have to be less skille...more
The plot moves along nicely until the end where things get very complicated. The ending is quite a tangle, it almost seems to be deliberate, leaving the author with sufficient hooks to take up the story line in the future.
Overall a nice read.
Initially I was struck bey the similarities to the Inspector Morse novels, which also feature a "...more
With that in mind these are great reads and page-turners for anyone interested in the rapid changes and issues surrounding the rise of China, with an often lacklustre murder mystery thrown in.
Once you get past that, the enjoyment of the story will come and you w...more
Inspector Chen Cao is a cadre of the chinese government with good perspectives of promotion in the system. But he is also a bit reluctant about that exact system. He is a poet and an intellectual, speaking excellent english and having critical thinking towards the regime.
He is called to solve the mysterious disappearance of the w...more
The story is based on the international smuggling of Chinese people to...more
Set in 1990's Shanghai, when the Communist Chinese government had just opened the country to Western-style capitalism, this series features Chief Inspector Chen Cao and his partner Detective Yu who form the Special Cases squad of the Shanghai Police Bureau, a group that investigates cases that are politically sensitive.
Trying to eliminate the human smuggling that illegally transports hundreds of Chinese to the US every year, C...more
I wondered after reading the first book what the author would come out with in his second book to maintain his high standard. He definit...more
This is the second of this series that I have read ( although not sure what actual number in the series it is). I thought this was a great read, full of mystery, twists and turns with triads a distinguished American guest and of course lots of poetry and mouthwatering descriptions of food.
Chief Inspector Chen is a fascinating character, he is loyal and patriotic but not unaware of his country's problems, a poet and a foodie. He soon fascinates visiting US Marshall Catherine Rohn, who has studied...more
This is the second in Qiu Xiaolong's series about a Shanghai police inspector, Chen Cao. In this entry, Cao stumbles on the body of an axe murder victim in Bund Park the same day he is assigned to babysit a female US Marshal who has come to collect the wife of a witness in a human smuggling case. Her visit mark...more
Die Einstreuung chinesischer Gedichte fand ich im ersten Roman noch sehr schön und auflockernd, im zweiten war es mir schon etwas zu viel. Die Handlung steht über viele Seiten und wird eigentlich nur im ersten drittel gut vorangetrieben, dann macht sie mehr oder weniger eine Pause während die Hauptpersonen und der Leser eine Führung durch chinesische Städte, vor allem Shanghai und Suzhou machen. Auf d...more
Inspector Chen is such an interesting character he is fluent in English, a poet and works translating English poetry to Chinese.
This case proves to be quite intricate and involves travel to Fujian province as well as th...more
There's also a ton of imagery from Chinese poet...more
Good mystery novel that is especially interesting to someone with an interest in Chinese culture. I could take or leave a good chunk of the poetry, but I found it a quick read, and not too formulaic. Looking forward to reading more of this series.