Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Death of a Red Heroine

Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong is more interesting to me for the cultural and political insights than for the plot. It is the first in the Inspector Chen series about a poet cum police Inspector and sprinkles poems and literary references throughout the story. This short description is from the publisher:
In this Anthony Award-winning debut, Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police must find the murderer of a National Model worker, and then risk his own life and career to see that justice is done.

It won the Anthony Award for best first novel in 2001. The Guardian has named it #1 in its list of top 10 Asian crime novels. The Wall Street Journal says it's one of the top 5 political novels. Longitude Books describes it:
Marvelously evocative of Shanghai, and tremendously informative about China's transition towards a market economy in the 1990's, this award-winning debut of Inspector Chen of the Shanghai police is also a real page-turner.

I also have the second in the series -A Loyal Character Dancer, having found them at the same time in my favorite used book store. I had never heard of them before.

No comments:

Post a Comment