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Bad Traffic by Simon Lewis
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Jan 28, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, thriller, read-in-2009
Recommended for: Mystery fans who like a different point of view
Read in February, 2009

Inspector Jian comes to England to search for his daughter, who he believes from a phone message she left him is in trouble. Jian is a Chinese cop who speaks no English, but this problem fails to sway him from pursuing leads. After a while in the country, he comes to believe that his daughter is dead and starts searching to avenge her. At the same time Ding Ming and his wife Little Ye enter England as imigrant migrants smuggled into the country. Ding Ming is quickly separated from his wife, who is to go "pick flowers" while Ding Ming is to be a laborer who has to work for a meager wage to pay off the $20,000 fee to get into the country. Ming, surprisingly, can speak English and wants to find his wife, and being a peasant does not know or understand that his wife is not picking flowers. Through happenstance, Jian and Ding meet up and Jian uses Ding and his wits to find the bad guys.

The book is told from Jian, Ding and several other Chinese characters point of view and shows in some small way the problems of immigrants to adapt to our culture and the action seems fast paced. The ending is very well done.

I liked the book a lot but Jian is a very complex character who in his hunt for his daughter stretches our feelings for him to the breaking point.

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