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One Red Bastard

(Detective Robert Chow #3)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In this thrilling sequel to the highly acclaimed Snakes Can’t Run, detective Robert Chow must wrestle with his own morality to solve a murder, set against the backdrop of gritty Chinatown following the Vietnam War.

It’s the fall of 1976, and New York’s Chinatown is in turmoil over news that Mao’s daughter is seeking asylum in America. Vietnam vet Robert Chow is now a detect
ebook, 304 pages
Published November 21st 2017 by Witness Impulse (first published April 24th 2012)
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Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
One Red Bastard is the third Robert Chow police mystery set in the midst of NYC’s Chinatown in the 1970’s as factions supporting Communist China and Nationalist China face off. This series is a taste of the insularity and tight knit community of Chinatown if that era and how it took someone with connections and trust of the locals to solve the murder. This one is a bit slower in pace than the previous 📚 in the series.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series has a combination that serves as my "jam."  First, there's the mystery crafted in way that I'd never suspect who the culprit or the motive was until it's finally revealed. Second, the 1970's throwback is a hoot. Smoking, pulling the tabs off soda cans, Ford vs Carter election, using manual typewriters, gas at 65 cents a gallon, the music by the Ramones, and more. Third, the humor especially between Robert and Vandyne, his cop partner, and Robert and his friend who owns a toy store is ...more
Jessica Bronder
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story takes place in Chinatown in New York City in the 1976, which I know nothing about. Mao’s daughter is seeking asylum in New York. Chow’s girlfriend Lonnie is journalist and has the opportunity to interview the daughter’s representative. But when he turns up dead Lonnie becomes a suspect since she was the last person seen with him. Chow has been ordered to stay away from this case but he can’t idly stand by with his girlfriend as a suspect.

I really enjoyed this book. This is the first
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find Ed Lin's murder mystery series (this is the third) greatly diverting. The stories are set in NYC's Chinatown in the 1970s, and include interesting history of how that community was divided among immigrants loyal to the Communists and those loyal to the Nationalists, as well as sense of the great diversity of immigrant Chinese within Chinatown. And then there is NYPD detective Robert Chow, who dis-identifies with most of these groups. Chow is sardonic and funny; in this third book he's rec ...more
Jun 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned a lot about the political landscape with China and Taiwan from this book. It inspired me to learn more, which is always a good thing.

The mystery was so-so. The dialogue was reminiscent of Raymond Chandler.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read in this series and it took me a while to get interested in the story. The setting is a time and culture very different from my own. Chow's style of detecting was quite different from what I am used to.

By the time I had finished the book, however, I was really glad I had read it. I was introduced to the Chinatown culture of New York City, including the languages and the regions from which people had immigrated. I also learned much about the history of the tension
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place in Chinatown, and therefore, offers some unique situations and settings. This is a novel I did not want to put down. Not only because of the action, but also because of the historical and cultural insight into the world of Robert and Lonnie. I always enjoy learning something new when I read.

Robert has quite a struggle trying to investigate a murder which his girlfriend is suspected of committing. It's especially difficult since he's been ordered to stay away from the case.
Kathleen Gray
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is, oddly, a historical mystery because it's set in the 1970s. For those who are unfamiliar with all the upheaval in China during the time frame this will be highly educational because it is a procedural where the victim was representing Mao's daughter, who was seeking to defect to the US. US - China relations are only part of the problems faced by Robert Chow whose girlfriend Lonnie is a prime suspect. Robert is a unique detective and one worth meeting in this or any other of Lin's novels. ...more
Edward-Yemil Rosario
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, noir
Ed Lin is an amazing writer. His background on Chinatown and its history, a place I called home for about 30 years is an added treat. Highly recommended.
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Chow is a more effective policeman and a happier person since he stopped drinking. He has a girlfriend, a journalis. He is mentoring her younger brother - encouraging him to get into a precollege research project at Columbia.

It's 1976 and the turmoil of post Mao and post cultural Revolution China has echoes in Manhattan's Chinatown. Rival gangs of pro Mao and Pro Kuomintang men are jockeying for power. Mao's daughter is coming to New York to seek asylum, and Lonnie, Chow's girlfriend gets
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Robert Chow novels!
From Wikipedia:

"His (Ed Lin's) trilogy of crime novels featuring Chinese-American Police Detective Robert Chow set in 1970s Chinatown has also won awards and garnered praise. The series so far comprises This Is A Bust (2007) (Members Choice Award, 2008 Asian American Literary Awards, Booklist Starred Review, and Listed in Best American Last Sentences of Books of 2007 in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008, Edited by Dave Eggers), Snakes Can't Run (2010) (Publ
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For some reason setting is a huge part of whether I'll like a mystery/crime book or not. The 1970s NYC Chinatown setting of Ed Lin's Robert Chow series is one of my favorites. There's lots of other great stuff about this series too, but the atmosphere really sticks with me. ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting cultural elements woven in, thus the extra star. Not much of mystery fan.
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but I think it dragged a bit.
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Ed Lin is a journalist by training and an all-around stand-up kinda guy. He's the author of several books: Waylaid, his literary debut, and his Robert Chow crime series, set in 1970s Manhattan Chinatown: This Is a Bust, Snakes Can't Run, and One Red Bastard. Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. Lin lives in New York with his ...more

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