Murder in China Red by Dean Barrett
"Edge-of-the-seat suspense" - Sujata Massey
His name is Liu Chiang-hsin; "a mind as sharp as a sword". But "Chinaman" is the name his friends and contacts use. Chinaman grew up in Beijing during the Mao era and was traumatized by seeing Red Guards beat his scholar-father and drag him off; never to return. Three decades later, the one woman who managed to penetrate his emotional defenses has been murdered in the New York Palace Hotel. And Chinaman won't rest until he finds the killer.
"I was riveted by Dean Barrett's portrayal of the tensions, and excitement, of the East-West interchange. Beautiful writing, and edge-of-the-seat suspense kept me anxious to the finish." Sujata Massey, author of The Brides Kimono
"In Chinaman, Dean Barrett has created a private eye as laconic and street-wise as anything from the pen of Raymond Chandler. Barrett writes about New York as if he's lived there his whole life. His hero, Chinaman, is a Chinese-American creative writing teacher turned private investigator, who roots through the seedy underbelly of the Big Apple on the trail of a murderer. With Murder in China Red, Barrett has spun a well-crafted murder mystery filled with characters that leap off the page." Stephen Leather, author of The Tunnel Rats
Village East Books
New York 2002
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