Modern, independent Mei Wang runs her own PI business in Beijing; she even has that most modern of commodities, a male secretary. When a family friend asks her to locate a Han dynasty jade of great value that was taken from its museum during the years of the Cultural Revolution when Red Guards seized many relics, her investigation reveals a story that has more to do with the past and her own family history than she ever expected. To solve the case, Mei must delve into that dark, brutal part of China's history, Mao's labor camps, and the countless deaths for which no one was ever held responsible. It exposes the agonizing choices made during the Revolution, to kill or be killed, to love or to live.More
"Readers familiar with Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs will find many parallels between that independent and unconventional PI and Mei. Mei's challenging family life nicely complements the puzzle of the missing jade and the shifting Chinese political climate." (Publishers Weekly)
"This may start out as a straightforward mystery but it expands to encompass a meditation on the nature of love and justice in extraordinary circumstances." (Herald Sun, Melbourne, Australia)
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Great Romance, iffy Mystery
- Jeanette Finan
More mystery. A great concept, a female Chinese PI. Book started off great and just went down hill.
No, I like the idea of a female Chinese PI
Narrator was good. I enjoyed her.
I don't know it's just a mish mash of characters. Her sister is not likeable.
It's as if the author had a ton of ideas and not enough Adderall. To me, she was all over the place.