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Five Pieces of Jade (Virgil Tibbs #4)

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The body of an elderly Chinese importer of rare jade lies on the carpet of a quietly expensive house in Pasadena, California. In a rough semicircle around his head rest four pieces of jade; protruding from the heart is a fifth-the Ya-Chang ritual knife. Who murdered the importer? Was it Yumeko, the beautiful half-black, half-Japanese girl who lived with him? Johnny Wu, a r ...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published April 1st 1985 by Harper Perennial (first published April 1972)
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Jacob
March 2009
Previously: Johnny Get Your Gun

In the fourth Virgil Tibbs mystery, Tibbs investigates the murder of Wang Fu-sen, a respected jade collecter and seller--a murder which may also have a narcotics angle to it. And so on.

This mystery isn't quite as good as the previous three. Fortunately, Virgil Tibbs' race doesn't impede him in his investigations as much as it used to, but this time we're introduced to Yumenko, Mr. Wang's half-black/half Japanese (and all-angst) ward who, to be frank, isn'
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Rita McDowell
Good Read!

This read still stimulates the imagination but was somewhat more difficult to stay with. Still a very good read! Enjoy!
Ed
#4 in the Virgil Tibbs series. Author exhibits his interest in things Oriental through the eyes of Pasadena, CA homicide detective Virgil Tibbs. Interesting look at the world of jade carvings - netsuke figures.

Virgil Tibbs investigates the murder of Wang Fu-sen, a respected jade collecter and seller--a murder which may also have a narcotics angle to it.
We're introduced to Yumenko, Mr. Wang's half-black/half Japanese ward.
Peter Jakobs
A rather classical detective story located in Greater Los Angeles. Variations to the theme are a black detective, a Chinese victim of murder, a mixed Japanese/black beauty and some background drug activities of the communistic Chinese government. A bit too much "good will"...
Jenene
Love this series. Can picture Sidney Poitier in all of them. Very sad that I only have three left to read in this series. Racial issues are not dwelt on a great deal and I really like that!
Randy
Tibbs on trial for murder.
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John Dudley Ball writing as John Ball, was an American writer best known for mystery novels involving the African-American police detective Virgil Tibbs. He was introduced in the 1965 In the Heat of the Night where he solves a murder in a racist Southern small town. It won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America and was made into an Oscar-winning film of the same n ...more
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