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Red Jade by Henry Chang
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Oct 13, 2011

really liked it
Read in February, 2011

Detective Jack Yu somehow can’t escape New York’s Chinatown in this third novel in the series. Apparently, he is the Fifth Precinct’s token Chinese-American, called upon when sensitivity to the community and its inhabitants is necessary. He had recently transferred to the Ninth Precinct in Brooklyn and he moved to that borough’s Sunset Park area following the death of his father, but he can’t escape his past.

In the early morning hours, he’s called in to handle an apparent murder-suicide, his presence requested by the fathers of the victims who believe he can provide the necessary “face saving” for the families. This task accomplished, Jack then pays attention to a couple of open cases, eventually traveling to Seattle at his own expense in an attempt to solve them.

All three novels in the series are economically written, especially short chapters, with a smattering of Chinese words for flavor (no MSG). This police procedural moves in logical progression across the continent, looking at more than the Chinatown of New York’s Lower East Side.


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