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Enigma of China

An Inspector Chen Novel

by Qiu Xiaolong

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Enigma of China by Qiu Xiaolong
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  • Published Jun 2013
    288 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is in an unusual situation - a poet by training and inclination, he was assigned by the party to the Police Department after he graduated college, where he has continued to shine.  Now he's a rising cadre in the party, in line to take over the top politic position in the police department, while being one of most respected policeman in the department. Which is why he's brought in by the Party to sign off on the investigation into the death of Zhou Keng. 

Zhou Keng - a trusted princeling, son of a major party member - was head of the Shanghai Housing Development Committee when a number of his corrupt practices were exposed on the internet.  Removed from his position and placed into extra-legal detention, Zhou apparently hanged himself while under guard.  While the Party is anxious to have Zhou's death declared a suicide, and for the renowned Chief Inspector Chen to sign off on that conclusion, the sequence of events don't quite add up. Now Chen will have to decide what to do – investigate the death as a possible homicide and risk angering unseen powerful people, or seek the justice that his position requires him to strive for.

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"Starred Review. This installment approaches the levels of Eliot Pattison and James Church's similarly themed novels, and the series has gotten stronger with age." - Publishers Weekly

"In addition to being a wonderful character study and surprise-packed mystery, Qiu's latest is a many-faceted study of contemporary China." - Booklist

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

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