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Death Of A Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong
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Jun 08, 2011

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Read in May, 2011

This is a book of two parts, completely separate and wonderfully woven together.

The first part to the book is centred around Comrade Chief Inspector Chen Cao and his investigation of National Model Worker Guan Hongying, murdered and dumped in a canal. Set in the early '90s just after the infamous Tiananmen Square protests of '89 at a time of change for The Chinese Communist Party. Chen finds he is fighting not only to find the killer, but fighting against his peers and The Party.

Strangely, the story was (for me at least) almost inconsequential. What grabbed me was the way the author captured life in Shanghai, from the mobile food vendors sardine-like housing to the sense of foreboding at saying doing the wrong thing in the eyes of The Party.

I picked this as part of a A to Z author challenge and had never heard of him before. I now look forward to reading more of his work.
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