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Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong
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Jan 13, 10

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Read in June, 2008

1990's post-Tianamen Square Shanghai is the setting for this political mystery. The main character is a police inspector who is also a translator of Western poetry, assigned to investigate the death of one of China's "model workers." There is some tedious repetition of the fate of the educated classes under Mao, and the author does a little too much explaining about the poetry included in the text. I'm not a big fan of political novels in any setting or genre (usually because someone has to explain the politics to me), so it wasn't that great a read for me.

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