A Drop of Chinese Blood Reviews
The plot was all over the place, overly complicated, and did not come together in the end; and the new character, Major Bing, felt flat to me. I didn't find the mystery satisfying or interesting, and there wasn't nearly enough cultural or scenic description to overcome the not very exciting plot. I didn't get much of a sense of of atmosphere, which is bad news for a book marketed in the "noir" category. There were at least three separate long, pages long, conversations toward the close of the book, tying the loose threads together into something that made sense - but I found I simply didn't care by that point.
"Starred Review. Stellar... An intricate plot that ranks as one of Church's best... A satirical look at paranoid intelligence structures and the snappy, irreverent narration add to the fun." Publishers Weekly
"Church's elegant ambiguity and frequent digressions get a facelift with his new hero Bing's edgier first-person narrative, and he has great insight into Asian culture and politics. Casual readers, however, should be warned that the plot is tantalizingly complex." - Kirkus
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