A Loyal Character Dancer by Qiu Xiaolong

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Inspector Chen’s mentor in the Shanghai Police Bureau has assigned him to escort U.S. Marshal Catherine Rohn. Her mission is to bring Wen, the wife of a witness in an important criminal trial, to the United States. Inspector Rohn is already en route when Chen learns that Wen has unaccountably vanished from her village in Fujian. Or is this just what he is supposed to believe? Chen resents his role; he would rather investigate the triad killing in Shanghai’s beauteous Bund Park. But his boss insists that saving face with Inspector Rohn has priority. So Chen Cao, the ambitious son of a father who imbued him with Confucian precepts, must tread warily as he tries once again to be a good cop, a good man, and also a loyal Party member.

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About Qiu Xiaolong

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QIU XIAOLONG is a poet and author of several previous novels featuring Inspector Chen as well as Years of Red Dust, a Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2010.  Born and raised in Shanghai, Xiaolong lives with his family in St. Louis, Missouri.
Published September 1, 2003 by Soho Crime. 365 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Chen’s multilayered mission: to keep Wen Liping safe and well-disposed, to keep eager young Marshal Rohn from triggering triadic malevolence, to keep himself a step ahead of envious bureaucratic rivals, and, oh yes, to keep his libido politically correct and resolutely reined in—Catherine Rohn be...

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Punctuated by proverbs from Confucius and ancient and modern Chinese poetry, Chen's reports show how he and Catherine gradually learn of Wen's unhappy past—being programmed as a child to dance holding a "Loyalty" placard for Mao's Red Guards, later suffering brutal abuse by her husband.

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