Over the Shoulder: A Novel of Intrigue

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Ecco Press, 2001 - Fiction - 388 pages
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A hybrid of crime and literary novel that explores issues of honor and family history, Over The Shoulder offers a unique view of the American protagonist and reluctant investigator, shaken from the doldrums of his insulated life.

Choice and his partner, Paul Baumgartner, are security specialists for Silicon Valley executives.When Paul gets killed on the job, Choice and an inexperienced Bay Area reporter, Linda Maldonado, begin looking into the puzzling circumstances of the murder. As they work together to unravel the intricate threads of lies and half-truths, they discover that his death might be linked to an older, more personal one -- the mysterious death of Allen's father some twenty years earlier.

With his self-described "philosophy of removement" as his frame of reference, Choice searches for the hidden, long-buried answers, only to be outmaneuvered at every juncture. Against this backdrop of violence and deception, Choice soon discovers secrets that alter his understanding of his father, of his family -- secrets that lead him to a buried history of betrayal.

A new direction for noir fiction, Over the Shoulder is an examination of the past and the present, of long-simmering familiar tensions and the subtle conflicts of race and class; it is a story about the awakening of memories and an understanding of the self.

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Review: Over the Shoulder (Allen Choice #1)

User Review  - Mintzis - Goodreads

The narrator is Korean American who digs into his partner's murder and discovers his past. What was compelling was the narrator's flat voice, sounding as if he were translating from Korean -- except ... Read full review

Review: Over the Shoulder (Allen Choice #1)

User Review  - Caroline Wipff - Goodreads

I love how Leonard Chang weaves the Korean identity of the main character seamlessly, and in such a subtle manner. It's not being Korean-American that makes him interesting, it's his job and his personality. Great drama and suspense! Read full review

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Leonard Chang was born in New York and studied philosophy at Dartmouth College and Harvard University. He received his MFA from the University of California at Irvine, and is the author of six previous critically acclaimed novels. His books have been translated into Japanese, French, and Korean, and are taught at universities around the world. His short stories have been published in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner and The Literary Review. He writes for the TV drama, Justified.

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