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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2000 Qiu Xiaolong (P)2017 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By Donna S. Denio on 05-09-18

Murder, politics and poetry

Slow start, but as the story unfolds the mementum builds. The Chief Inspector is a likable character, a poet at heart and also very committed to solving the murder case.
I gained a lot of insight on the culture and values in China.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Cosmy H. on 04-17-18

Exhausting

So much for western bourgeois decadence- sex sells
I wouldn’t recommend this book other than a slight glimpse of what is headed down the road for cultural reassignment in the good old us of a

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