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The Jade Dragon

(Death in Shangai #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In 1935, Shanghai is the place to be. Glittering nightlife, bustling business, and a diverse international community are just some of the appeals of the “Paris of the Orient.” Douglas Bainbridge, Office of Naval Intelligence, is beginning a two-year immersion in Shanghai when he runs into Tim McIntyre, a childhood friend from San Francisco. Tim is a reporter for the Shangh ...more
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published June 4th 2017 by Warfleigh Publishing
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Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, mystery, historical
The Jade Dragon is book one in the Death in Shanghai by Garrett Hutson. In May 1935 Lieutenant Commander Doug Bainbridge arrived in Shanghai for a two-year posting. The first week in Shanghai Lieutenant Commander Doug Bainbridge meet a childhood friend Tim McIntryre a report working at the Shanghai office of the Associated Press went out to see a show, and during the show, Tim McIntyre went missing, and Doug found a couple of hours later dead. Lieutenant Commander Doug Bainbridge was not getting ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
There is a lot to like about this book. Being a fan of this era in Shanghai history, I loved the complex understanding of the many dynamics influencing Shanghai in the 1930’s, like the conflict between nationalists and communists, the influence from European countries, and the trouble concerning Korea and Japan. I knew much about this topic before reading this book and I loved the deep dive into the complex issues. For the mystery itself, it kept me intrigued until the ending. It wasn’t exactly ...more
Roxx Tarantini
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Catapulted into something he really doesn't understand, Doug Bainbridge is nonetheless compelled to find out what happened; why his friend was killed.  In the process Doug learns a few unexpected, perhaps even unpleasant things about himself.

Hutson has an engaging way of weaving a story filled with unexpected twists that simply keeps you riveted.  His characters are interesting . . . beguiling . . . fascinating.  Notwithstanding that you neither like nor trust some of them . . . much . . . you a
Suzanne Cruz Garcia
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Garrett Hutson for the book.

I like the vibe of the book, to me it was like I am reading a detective, crime fighting kind of 😁. I love the fact that I feel like I was in Shanghai and I was one with the characters and one of the characters. I felt the visuals in the scene if that makes sense.

I like Doug, he is likable and I felt like I can identify in terms of when he encountered his friend from a long time ago. It was like me at that moment because I was wanting to encounter my friend
Blake Johnson
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
"And for dinner I ordered the ox tongue with beef tripe."

Happy year of the rat! 🎉
I'm in a dragons sort of mood at the moment. So this book is about an American naval officer who learned Cantonese and Mandarin at Stanford and hired by the US Navy on a top secret mission and is sent to Shanghai. He has to pick up on the Shanghainese dialect, because it's different. He's rooming up with a journalist he knew in his youth named Tim McIntyre who takes him to a dance-club called The Jade Dragon, "There
Myra Mcculloch
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Enjoyable read with an interesting mix of characters. Set in Shanghai before WW2 I found the character of Douglas so reflective of the times of class distinctions and the rigid attitudes towards sexuality. It appears his sexuality and attitudes are often being questioned by his homosexual neighbors and Tim's colleague Jonesy.
In a foreign country to gather intelligence over the long term Douglas has to deal with new languages, cultures and in his first week the death of Tim his reporter acquainta
Eilean Rawson
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this through Voracious Readers. As the blurb says, this is set in exciting Shanghai prior to World War Two and Communism. Doug is a rather innocent American dropped into the middle of murder, gangs, political expediency and a lifestyle totally alien to anything he could ever have imagined. While the story line is interesting and provides a window on a wonderfully decadent city, Doug is almost an anti hero. At one point Lucy becomes quite exasperated with his narrow minded, gauche view ...more
Genevieve  Paquette
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5. I received this from Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review.
It was a pretty good book, especially for a first novel. The writing was solid, the characters were fairly well developed (even though the main character was a bit of a caricature of a well-to-do jerk. He did experience character development throughout the story, though), and the setting was rich and evocative and well researched. The other thing was, this is from a press specializing in historical fiction with LGB
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
*I received a free copy of this book from the author via voracious readers only in exchange for an honest review*
I have to say I really struggled to read this one, I’m not sure what exactly about it put me off that much but I just found it so hard to read. Maybe it was just how distasteful the main character was. He was just your generic stuck up, self absorbed homophobic prick who seemed to be in Shanghai for no real reason as he didn’t seem to do anything work related the entire time.
The boo
Lawrence Hebb
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The bus ran late a few times in the last few weeks. That was because the driver was reading the Jade Dragon and found it hard to put down!
Garrett does a great job of transporting us to Shanghai in the 1930s. You get the feel of the old China mixed with British imperialism and the emergence of the communists, but they're just the backdrop to a great yarn.
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I was really enjoying this mystery set in 1930s Shanghai but the ending left me a little cold. I won't give it away but it seemed as though the author decided all of a sudden that he'd written enough and so wrapped up everything. But it is well-written and I now know more about Shanghai than I ever thought I would.
Eda Vistac
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a copy of The Jade Dragon through Voracious Readers and though I found it slow to start, the further I got into the story the more I wanted to read.
It is obvious that the settings and historical lines were researched well by the author and the main character shows a good example of bias found in that period.
By the end of the story I was quite enjoying reading The Jade Dragon.
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Interesting look at Shanghai of 1935
Kept me up all night
Look forward to the others
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! I received a complimentary copy of this book through Voracious Readers Only!
Eva Newman
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Russ Brown
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was impressed with the research put into The Jade Dragon. Having lived and traveled in the orient, I was pleased to relate to several of the referenced sites, history and people. More so, I related to the various Chinese languages and dialects.
I see the book is referenced as "Book 1". I think the ending easily leads to the final year at school for Lucy and the impact of the year on Doug. In a conversation with Garrett Hutson, I think he suggested his interest of expanding the role of what I ca
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Garrett Hutson writes upmarket mysteries and historical spy fiction, driven by characters who are moving and unforgettable. He lives in Indianapolis with his husband, four adorable dogs, two odd-ball cats, and more fish than you can count.

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