A Case of Two Cities: Inspector Chen 4

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Hodder & Stoughton, Jul 26, 2007 - Fiction - 300 pages
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Now a BBC Radio 4 Drama Series.

Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Bureau is summoned by an official of the Party to lead a highly charged corruption investigation. Tentacles have spread through the police force, the civil service, the vice trade and deep into the criminal underworld. The principal figure and his family have long since fled to the United States, beyond the reach of the Chinese government. But the network is still intact and it is only a matter of time before it becomes stronger than before. Chen is charged -- and it is a job he cannot refuse -- with uncovering those responsible, and destroying the organisation from the top down to its roots. In a twisting case that reunites him with his counterpart from the US Marshals service -- Inspector Catherine Rohn -- Chen must find a measure of justice in a corrupt, expedient world.

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User Review  - claude_lambert - LibraryThing

Qiu Xiaolong lives in the US with a Chinese soul. His hero, inspector Chen, lives in China and deals with corruption and the problems of rapid industrialization. Many aspects make the author precious ... Read full review

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For me this fourth book in the Inspector Chen Cao series was less impressive than the previous ones. While information about daily life and the politics of modern-day China were one of the charms of ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Qiu Xiaolong (pronounced 'Joe Shau-long') was born in Shanghai. The Cultural Revolution began in his last year of elementary school, and out of school, out of job, he studied English by himself in a local park.

In 1977, he began his studies at East China Normal University in Shanghai, and then the Chinese Academy of Social Science in Beijing. After graduation, he worked at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences as an associate research professor, published poems, translations and criticism, and became a member of the Chinese Writers' Association.

In 1988, he came to Washington University in St. Louis, U.S. as a Ford foundation fellow to do a project on Eliot, but after the Tiananmen tragedy of 1989, he decided to stay on. He then obtained a Ph.D. in comparative literature at Washington University and taught there.

Having won several awards for his poetry in English, he moved on to write a novel about contemporary Chinese society in transition, which developed into the critically acclaimed, award-winning Inspector Chen series. The series has been translated into sixteen languages. In addition, Qiu Xiaolong has published a poetry collection, several poetry translations, and a collection of linked stories (also serialized in Le Monde). He lives in St. Louis with his wife and daughter.

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