A Loyal Character Dancer
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings

A Loyal Character Dancer


  • Author : Qiu Xiaolong
  • Publisher : Soho Press
  • Release Date : 2003-09-01
  • Genre: Fiction
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  • ISBN 10 : 9781569477946

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A Loyal Character Dancer Book Description :
The second book in the Inspector Chen investigations Inspector Chen’s mentor in the Shanghai Police Bureau has assigned him to escort US Marshal Catherine Rohn. Her mission is to bring Wen, the wife of a witness in an important criminal trial, to the United States. Inspector Rohn is already en route when Chen learns that Wen has unaccountably vanished from her village in Fujian. Or is this just what he is supposed to believe? Chen resents his role; he would rather investigate the triad killing in Shanghai’s beautiful Bund Park. Li insists that saving face with Inspector Rohn takes priority. So Chen Cao, the ambitious son of a father who imbued him with Confucian precepts, must tread warily as he tries once again to be a good cop, a good man and a...

The Inspector Chen Collection 1 3

The Inspector Chen Collection 1 3


  • Author : Qiu Xiaolong
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2015-05-21
  • Genre: Fiction
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  • ISBN 10 : 9781473624283

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The Inspector Chen Collection 1 3 Book Description :
Chief Inspector Chen wanted to be a poet, but the authorities gave him a job in the Shanghai Police Department. He is an excellent detective, but he can never escape the struggle between what the Party wants and what justice demands. The first three novels in Qiu Xiaolong's awardwinning series offer a glimpse into a fascinating country on the rise and an honourable man making his way in a world that does not always reward honesty....

Death of a Red Heroine
Score: 3.5
From 34 Ratings

Death of a Red Heroine


  • Author : Qiu Xiaolong
  • Publisher : Soho Press
  • Release Date : 2003-07-01
  • Genre: Fiction
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  • ISBN 10 : 9781569476963

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Death of a Red Heroine Book Description :
Qiu Xiaolong's Anthony Award-winning debut introduces Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police. A young “national model worker,” renowned for her adherence to the principles of the Communist Party, turns up dead in a Shanghai canal. As Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Special Cases Bureau struggles to trace the hidden threads of her past, he finds himself challenging the very political forces that have guided his life since birth. Chen must tiptoe around his superiors if he wants to get to the bottom of this crime, and risk his career—perhaps even his life—to see justice done. From the Trade Paperback edition....

When Red is Black
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings

When Red is Black


  • Author : Qiu Xiaolong
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2011-12-08
  • Genre: Fiction
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  • ISBN 10 : 9781848946521

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When Red is Black Book Description :
Now a BBC Radio 4 Drama Series. When Inspector Chen Cao agrees to do a translation job for a Triad-connected businessman he is given a laptop, a 'little secretary' to provide for his every need, medical care for his mother. There are, it seems, no strings attached . . . Then a murder is reported: Chen is loath to shorten his working holiday, so Sergeant Yu is forced to take charge of the investigation. The victim, a middle-aged teacher, has been found dead in her tiny room in a converted multi-family house. Only a neighbour could have committed the crime, but there is no motive. It is only when Chen returns and starts to investigate the past that he finds answers. But by then he has troubles of his own....

Hold Your Breath  China
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Hold Your Breath China


  • Author : Qiu Xiaolong
  • Publisher : Severn House Publishers Ltd
  • Release Date : 2020-04-01
  • Genre: Fiction
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  • ISBN 10 : 9781448304165

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Hold Your Breath China Book Description :
"Fascinating... Xiaolong writes with both urgency and grace about modern China is another well-crafted mystery" - Booklist Starred Review Inspector Chen is on the case of a serial murderer when he is called away to report on environmentalists trying to tackle the pollution issues in China. Chief Inspector Chen and Detective Yu Guangming are brought into a serial murder case when the Homicide squad proves incapable of solving it. But before Chen can make a start, he is called away by a high-ranking Party member for a special assignment: to infiltrate a group of environmental activists meeting to discuss the pollution levels in the country and how to prompt the government into action. Chen knows it will be a far from simple task, especially when he dis...

Red Mandarin Dress
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

Red Mandarin Dress


  • Author : Qiu Xiaolong
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2009-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction
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  • ISBN 10 : 1429976071

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Red Mandarin Dress Book Description :
Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is often put in charge of politically sensitive cases. Having recently ruffled more than a few official feathers, when he is asked to look into a sensitive corruption case he takes immediate action - he goes on leave from work. But while on vacation, the body of a murdered young woman is found in a highly trafficked area and the only notable aspect is that she was redressed in a red mandarin dress. When a second body appears, this time in the People's Park, also in precisely the same kind of red mandarin dress, the newspapers start screaming that Shanghai is being stalked by its first sexual serial killer. With the Party anxious to resolve the murders quickly, Chen finds himself in the midst ...

Shanghai Redemption

Shanghai Redemption


  • Author : Qiu Xiaolong
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2015-09-15
  • Genre: Fiction
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  • ISBN 10 : 9781466871847

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Shanghai Redemption Book Description :
"The system has no place for a cop who puts justice above the interests of the Party. It's a miracle that I survived as long as I did." For years, Chen Cao managed to balance the interests of the Communist Party and the promises made by his job. He was both a Chief Inspector of Special Investigations of the Shanghai Police Department and the deputy party secretary of the bureau. He was considered a potential rising star in the Party until, after one too many controversial cases that embarrassed powerful elements in the Party, Chen Cao found himself neutralized. Under the guise of a major promotion, a new position with a substantial title but no power, he's stripped of his job duties and isolated. But that's still not enough, as it becomes increasingl...

Years of Red Dust
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Years of Red Dust


  • Author : Qiu Xiaolong
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2010-09-28
  • Genre: Fiction
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  • ISBN 10 : 1429942614

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Years of Red Dust Book Description :
Published originally in the pages of Le Monde, this collection of linked short stories by Qiu Xiaolong has already been a major bestseller in France (Cite de la Poussiere Rouge) and Germany (Das Tor zur Roten Gasse), where it and the author was the subject of a major television documentary. The stories in Years of Red Dust trace the changes in modern China over fifty years—from the early days of the Communist revolution in 1949 to the modernization movement of the late nineties—all from the perspective of one small street in Shanghai, Red Dust Lane. From the early optimism at the end of the Chinese Civil War, through the brutality and upheaval of the Cultural Revolution, to the death of Mao, the pro-democracy movement and the riots in Tiananmen S...

The Mao Case
Score: 3
From 7 Ratings

The Mao Case


  • Author : Qiu Xiaolong
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2009-03-03
  • Genre: Fiction
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  • ISBN 10 : 9781429965750

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The Mao Case Book Description :
Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is the head of the Special Case group and is often put in charge of those cases that are considered politically "sensitive" since, as a rising party cadre, he's regarded by many as reliable. But Inspector Chen, though a poet by inclination and avocation, takes his job as a policeman very seriously, despite the pressures put upon him from within and without, and is unwilling to compromise his principles as a policeman in favor of political expedience. However, after the new Minister of Public Security insists that Chen personally take on a 'special assignment', an investigation already begun by Internal Security, he may no longer be able to resist those pressures. The party, increasingly leery...

A Case of Two Cities
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings

A Case of Two Cities


  • Author : Qiu Xiaolong
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2007-10-02
  • Genre: Fiction
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  • ISBN 10 : 9781466830424

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A Case of Two Cities Book Description :
Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Bureau is summoned by an official of the party to take the lead in a corruption investigation - one where the principle figure and his family have long since fled to the United States and beyond the reach of the Chinese government. But he left behind the organization and his partners-in-crime, and Inspector Chen is charged to uncover those responsible and act as necessary to end the corruption ring. In a twisting case that takes him from Shanghai, all the way to the U.S., reuniting him with his previous cohort from the U.S. Marshall's service - Inspector Catherine Rhon. At once a compelling crime novel and a insightful, moving portrayal of everyday life, The Emperor's Sword is the next installment in the crit...