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Shanghai Redemption

An Inspector Chen Novel #9

by Qiu Xiaolong

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Shanghai Redemption by Qiu Xiaolong
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2015
    320 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Former Inspector Chen is facing the most dangerous investigation of his career, and his life.

"The system has no place for a cop who puts justice above the interests of the Party. It's a miracle that I survived as long as I did."

For years, Chen Cao managed to balance the interests of the Communist Party and the promises made by his job. He was both a Chief Inspector of Special Investigations of the Shanghai Police Department and the deputy party secretary of the bureau. He was considered a potential rising star in the Party until, after one too many controversial cases that embarrassed powerful elements in the Party, Chen Cao found himself neutralized. Under the guise of a major promotion, a new position with a substantial title but no power, he's stripped of his job duties and isolated. But that's still not enough, as it becomes increasingly clear that someone is attempting to set him up, for public disgrace and possibly worse.

Chen Cao is technically in charge of the corruption case of a "Red Prince" - a powerful, high Party figure who embodies the ruthless ambition, greed, and corruption that is increasingly evident in the new China. This "Red Prince" has the kind of connections and power to deflect any attempts to bring him to justice. Now with no power, few allies, and with his own reputation on the line, the former Inspector Chen is facing the most dangerous investigation of his career, and his life.

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"Starred Review. The suspense is palpable, and Qiu gives readers a chilling vision of life under authoritarian rule." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Watching Chen work at the margins, under great peril, makes for a stressful but very satisfying read. Another superb entry in an always-outstanding series." - Booklist

"Chen's 10th outing is another complex, methodical police procedural as well as a multifaceted look at a powerful society in flux." - Kirkus

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Qiu Xiaolong Author Biography

Qiu Xiaolong was born and raised in Shanghai. He managed to avoid the worst of Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution by falling ill with bronchitis at the age of 16, so he was able to stay in the city, while his peers left to be "re-educated" in the countryside.  One day while sitting on a bench in Shanghai's Bund he noticed some people studying an English book,  that was the start of an interest that grew into an academic specialty in modernist poetry.

He came to the US in 1988, at the age of about 30, on a Ford Foundation grant.  He chose to study at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, because of his enthusiasm for the poet T.S. Eliot, who was brought up in St Louis before emigrating to the UK at the age of 25. Following the Tiananmen ...

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Qiu Xiaolong: chew shao-long (shao rhymes with how)

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