ISBN 9780340898710,A CASE OF TWO CITIES

A CASE OF TWO CITIES

Author:

Xiaolong Qiu

Publisher:

Hodder & Stoughton

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ISBN 9780340898710
Publisher

Hodder & Stoughton

Publication Year 2006
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780340898710

ISBN-10 0340898712
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 307 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Mystery & Detective

Chinese expatriate Qiu's gripping fourth Inspector Chen novel (after 2004's When Red Is Black) captures an honest detective's struggle to be true to his professional ideals under a repressive regime. The Communist Party leadership appears to be vigorously investigating rampant corruption among the profligate power elite during China's economic reforms of the recent past. After the head of the Fujian special case squad is murdered in sordid circumstances, Chen Cao of the Shanghai police bureau discovers that the dead man had been probing a wealthy businessman, Xing Xing, who fled to the United States to escape prosecution. Chen himself is then given the highest authority to carry on the investigation, which takes him to the U.S., but he soon realizes he's not meant to succeed. Chen stands in a class with Martin Cruz Smith's Russian investigator, Arkady Renko, and P.D. James's Scotland Yard inspector, Adam Dalgliesh.

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