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Burning Time (April Woo #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  322 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
A serial killer leaves a college coed to die in the California desert, his signature of fire seared into her flesh....

A beautiful Chinese-American detective, recently transferred from Chinatown to the Upper West Side, is assigned a routine missing-persons case...

A famous doctor returns home from a lecture to discover that his actress wife has been living a secret life....

Paperback, 464 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by Bantam (first published September 1st 1993)
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Laz the Sailor
Apr 18, 2014 Laz the Sailor rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I read this a long time ago. I think I liked it.
Apr 08, 2014 Redfox5 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, fiction, usa, thriller
This is why I love Bookcrossing. The only reason I read this book is because it happened to be on the wishlist of my easter exchange partner. It featured a woman called April, Easter is in April so I thought it would fit with the theme and I hate to let a book go that I haven't read just in case I missed something.

And I would have missed something if I had seen this in a bookstore because I wouldn't have even picked it up. I can take or leave crime novels and nothing about this cover screams rea
Bonnie Brang
Mar 18, 2014 Bonnie Brang rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I enjoyed this book. I've just started reading about Det April Woo. Her struggles about being a woman detective, small and CHINESE! When she gets this first no nothing case and then it leads into something more. She takes the lead and works hard trying to solve it. I also like to hear about her family life. Her mother is a funny character. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Aug 07, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
A bit gruesome, but this book got me hooked on the series. April has depth gained through the multiple conflicts in her life. She's a woman in a man's business - police work. Recently transferred from the Chinatown station, she's the only Asian American in her new station in NYC. She has a constant internal struggle of her American values against her Chinese upbringing. Finally, she has conflict in living flesh, her mother, whom she dubs Skinny Dragon.

No shortage of character development here,
Oct 01, 2011 Gloria rated it liked it
CBS developing series based on book series. Like the main character, female detective April Woo, very much. She is challenged with juggling the old Chinese ways of living and also being a young female detective working in a mostly male environment. The crime itself, however, seemed unnecessarily violent and it kept going on and on. Much sexual description as well involving the crime, but not the detectives. Detective Woo has a young Hispanic cop 'wooing' her, so there are some interracial relati ...more
Oct 30, 2007 Pam rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-york-mystery
1st in April Woo series -- April is NYC CHinese Dewtective on upper Westside. A college girl is missing, murdered in the desert near San Diego. Dr.Frank a psychotherapist returns home from a lecture to find that his wife, an actres, has starred in an almost-porn film & now being stalked via letters. Frank is out in San Diego tracking his wife's stalker & April is looking into the murder of the college girl.
Serial killer books aren't really my thing, and this one unfortunately offers little to change that opinion. The characters feel like cardboard cutouts more than people, the plot-critical events are too often based on luck rather than reasoning, and what reasoning there is doesn't pass the smell test. Overall, probably not worth the minimal effort it requires.
Hildy Peterson
Grade: B-

I enjoy Glass's April Woo character finding the relationship dynamics interesting on several levels- racial, familial, and the interplay with colleagues. I have read the novels out of order, reading this first novel at the end of the series. It was not as exciting and tense as other Woo novels, but still very enjoyable.
Jan 19, 2013 Smoochys rated it did not like it
I bought this book based on the reviews of others who had read it. It should be noted that I did not finish the book, so it could have gotten better, I just didn't think it was worth my time trying to find out.
Joe O'c
Aug 29, 2009 Joe O'c rated it it was ok
Good; Continuing Character: April Woo; detective and psychologist search for the doctor's wife, kidnapped by a crazy who tattoos and brands his captives.
May 20, 2012 Hildegart rated it liked it
I like strong female characters and was excited to see a lead character that wasn't a caucasian. It made the book seem a little more realistic to me.
Aug 22, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this 1st April Woo book. I'm looking forward to reading the rest. Very interesting learning about the detective's Chinese culture.
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
I really enjoyed this hard-boiled detective series. Woo is trapped between her Asian heritage and the rest of the world she tries to keep safe.
Aug 06, 2009 Rachel rated it liked it
This is a chilling and interesting look at a case of a serial killer through the eyes of Sergeant April Woo the woman assigned to the case.
Aug 15, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
REALLY GOOD!!! Very creepy - I was up all night!!! Makes one rethink getting a tatoo....
May 12, 2008 Daelith marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: bookcrossing
Just couldn't get interested in this one. Made it to page 54 before calling it quits.
May 31, 2009 Sheila rated it it was amazing
diffently a very good story,i read the book in two days,
D Kaiser
May 30, 2011 D Kaiser rated it liked it
Yet another series with likable characters.
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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 ...more
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