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Ray Chen Smith

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Ray Chen Smith is a writer and teacher living in Los Angeles, California.

In his late twenties, he wrote a literary novel set in China then decided it wasn’t fit for public consumption. He did, however, chop up a couple of parts and sold the chunks to literary magazines. (Both stories can be downloaded for free from his website.)

For his second novel, he decided to go unabashedly commercial, and The Jazz Cage is the result.

He is currently finishing up his third novel, a thriller titled Dawn at Midnight.

Further information—the aforementioned short stories, a more detailed biography—can be found on Ray’s website:

www.raychensmith.com

He also welcomes comments, positive or otherwise, to his email address:

raychensmith@gmail.com

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Three facts of life:  you got to slip Uncle Sam some green, you’re going to croak, and Morgan Freeman kicks ass.  Now, I don’t mean he can kick an MMA fighter’s ass or your ass or even your grandma’s ass.  At 75, if he tried to kick anyone’s ass, it would be probably his own when he slips and cracks his hip in a dozen places.

No, I mean Morgan Freeman kicked the ass of life.  Like Steve Martin i... Read more of this blog post »
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The Jazz Cage

3.95 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2012 — 4 editions
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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
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An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
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Jacqueline Winspear, like J.K. Rowling, increasingly adheres to the idea that all mysteries should be made up exclusively of a series of interviews. No action, no violence, no physical peril, no high stakes, no deadline. This makes for a pretty borin ...more
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The Human Factor by Graham Greene
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Well-written and extremely atmospheric. Terrific character development. Also seemed very realistic (i.e., this could actually happen). Maybe too realistic since the story moves very, very slowly.
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Strange Stones by Peter Hessler
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Mildly interesting. Some of the stories of the kept my interest; others were very boring. Hessler is a competent but rather mediocre, humorless writer. He just doesn't seem a very interesting person himself and all his observations about China are pe ...more
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The Outsider by Stephen King
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Weird book. Starts off as a mystery, ends up being a classic boogeyman story--which shouldn't be surprising since it's Stephen King. However, there WERE a couple of good surprises in the novel. First, the hero is not the accused teacher. And second, ...more
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The Midnight Line by Lee Child
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Maybe the weakest Jack Reacher. There's no great villain here, the sidekicks are boring, and hardly any conflict (I stopped caring where the woman was 1/4th of the way through the novel). The ending is totally anticlimactic. Lee Child seems to be mov ...more
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Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben
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It's amazing to me that Harlan Coben can have a successful writing career essentially rewriting the same story--his Tell No One novel--over and over again. A New Jersey guy (cop/PI/doctor, whatever) uncovers a secret that's connected to a woman he on ...more
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This group warmly accepts newcomers. Whereas mystery and thriller is the focus, we also love a great read, regardless of genre. Originally formed from ...more



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