Becoming Inspector Chen: Book summary and reviews of Becoming Inspector Chen by Xiaolong Qiu

Becoming Inspector Chen

Inspector Chen Mysteries #11

by Xiaolong Qiu

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Becoming Inspector Chen by Xiaolong Qiu
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  • Published Mar 2021
    240 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Inspector Chen is excluded from a poetry case as he awaits possible disciplinary action, leaving him to reflect on his career...but does his past hold a clue to the poetry case?

After a number of grueling cases, Chief Inspector Chen is facing mounting pressure from his superiors, many of whom are concerned with where his loyalties lie. What's more, he is excluded from an investigation into an incendiary poem posted on an online forum.

Wracked with self-doubt and facing an anxious wait to discover the fate of his career, Chen is left to reflect on the events that have led to where he is now - from his amateur investigations as a child during the Cultural Revolution, to his very first case on the Shanghai Police Force.

Has fighting for the Chinese people and the morals he believes in put him in conflict with the Party? Why is he being kept away from the new case? As well as his career, is his life now also at risk?

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"[S]uperior...While series fans will be delighted at the background Qiu provides, this is an accessible starting point for newcomers interested in a dogged, honest cop who must battle his own government to do his job." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Series fans will be rewarded by another elegant mix of recent history and literary embellishments and a richer Chen backstory, though newcomers may be impatient...Qiu's stylish hybrid is half fictional literary memoir and half crisp whodunit." - Kirkus Reviews

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Xiaolong Qiu Author Biography

Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai, China. He published prize-winning poetry, translation and criticism in Chinese in the eighties, and became a member of the Chinese Writers' Association. In 1988, he came to the United States as a Ford Foundation Fellow, started writing in English, and obtained a Ph.D. in comparative literature at Washington University. He is the author of Death of a Red Heroine (2000), A Loyal Character Dancer (2002), When Red Is Black (2004), A Case of Two Cities (2006), Red Mandarin Dress (2007), The Mao Case (2009), Don't Cry, Tai Lake (2012), Enigma of China (2013), Shanghai Redemption (2015), and Becoming Inspector Chen (in French and Italian, 2016 and 2017) in the critically acclaimed, award-winning Inspector Chen series; a collection of linked stories Years of Red ...

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

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