One Red Bastard
by Ed Lin
on Tour November 20 - December 31, 2017
Synopsis:It’s the fall of 1976, and New York’s Chinatown is in turmoil over news that Mao’s daughter is seeking asylum in the U.S. Robert Chow is a detective in training, and he is thrilled when his girlfriend Lonnie scores an interview with the Chinese representative of Mao’s daughter. But hours after the interview, the man is found dead. Lonnie, the last person to see him alive, is the main suspect.
As Lonnie is subjected to increasing amounts of intimidation from his fellow policemen, who want to close the case, Robert is tempted to reach into his own bag of dirty tricks. Will he stay on the right side of the law, or will his loyalty to Lonnie get the better of him? Find out in this exciting and fast-paced mystery set in one of New York’s most fascinating neighborhoods.
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 between China and Taiwan and how that affected Asians living in the U.S. I found the characters and cultural setting very interesting. Chow's investigation of the murder was methodical and more character driven than action driven.
I recommend this novel to those interested in a mystery set in a turbulent time and place in the U.S. While I didn't consider the book a page-turner nor the action full of suspense, the characters and plot did hold my interest through the twist at the end. I'll be looking for more from this author.
My rating: 4/5 stars
Book Details:Genre: Mystery
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: November 21st 2017
Number of Pages: 288
ISBN: 0062444204 (ISBN13: 9780062444202)
Series: Detective Robert Chow #3
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Ed Lin:Ed Lin, a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards and is an all-around standup kinda guy. His books include Waylaid and This Is a Bust, both published by Kaya Press in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Snakes Can't Run and One Red Bastard, which both continue the story of Robert Chow set in This Is a Bust, were published by Minotaur Books. His latest book, Ghost Month, a Taipei-based mystery, was published by Soho Crime in July 2014. Lin lives in Brooklyn with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son.
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I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of this post was provided by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours.