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The Lake Ching Murders: A Mystery of Fire and Ice (Zhong Fong #2)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Possibly Zhong Fong is the only person in all of China who can completely decipher Lily's English, and he hasn't heard from her -- or anyone else -- in fifty-four months. His own English is excellent, but it has been that long since he had a use for it - fifty-four months since Shanghai Head of Special Investigations Zhong had been reduced to convicted political felon Zhon ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 8th 2002 by Minotaur Books (first published 2001)
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Having not read a Rotenberg before I had zero expectations but was interested in the setting. This time China. Always interested to see what a crime novel reveals about a countries culture. Read no further if you haven't read the story and don't want any spoilers-not that I will outline the story (yawn) - that's not a review is it:-) I have to say the crime was revoltingly brutal and I didn't spend too much time allowing my mind to visualise the gruesome murders on the boat. They really weren't ...more
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2.5 stars.

Started off well and faltered in the middle.

He also does something I hate in writing: head hopping. In at least three spots (most noticeably when the specialist is looking at the boat), the author hops from one characters point of view to another, often on the same page. The general rule is that you stick with the point of view of the character you've chosen for the entire chapter. If you want to switch points of view, you start a new chapter.

In addition, the thoughts of the characte
The Lake Ching is a very good mystery. A gruesome crime in a remote area of China brings Zhong Fong out of political exile to solve a grisly murder. Zhong really reminds me of Arkady Renko of Martin Cruz Smith's wonderful novels. Well worth the very quick read, I read it at one sitting. Well, one plane ride....
This is an excellent, fascinating series. Police mystery set in China, featuring exiled police inspector, Zhang Fong, trying to solve cases while coping with Political system. Great supporting cast and interesting mysteries.
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David Rotenberg has been a master acting teacher for over 20 years. He has directed on Broadway, in many major regional theatres, for television, and he has published six novels, including the Zhong Fong detective series, all of which are available at your local bookstore or online. The series is in the process of being optioned for film.

David has taught at York University, the National Theatre Sc
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