Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong

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Qiu Xiaolong's Anthony Award-winning debut introduces Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police.

A young “national model worker,” renowned for her adherence to the principles of the Communist Party, turns up dead in a Shanghai canal. As Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Special Cases Bureau struggles to trace the hidden threads of her past, he finds himself challenging the very political forces that have guided his life since birth. Chen must tiptoe around his own superiors if he wants to get to the bottom of this crime, and risk his career—perhaps even his life—if he wants to see justice done.


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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 July 1, 2003 by Soho Crime. 477 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Methodically, step by careful step, Chen and his staff assemble the case against the one person who had the means, the opportunity, and the need to do away with Guan.

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Chen and his comrade, Detective Yu, take turns interviewing Guan's neighbors and co-workers, but it seems most of them either know nothing or are afraid to talk openly about a deceased, highly regarded public figure.

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Reviewing the Evidence

A well educated man, Chen is also a recognized poet whose writings are illustrated in the book at times and who more frequently recites from the poetry of others of past generations and dynasties to comment on developments in the story.

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Large Print Reviews

Set in modern day Shanghai, Death of a Red Heroine is a unique police procedural that finds Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department hot on the trail of a murderer.

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BookRack

His investigation takes him to sensitive areas of government pitting him and his partner Guangming against the new and powerful capitalist cadre in China (which are essentially the entitled and oft-corrupt sons of powerful communist party leaders).

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Huffington Post

Recently promoted and handed an apartment in a city with a chronic housing shortage, based solely on his relationship with the press and the communist party, Chen sets out to prove himself by solving the seemingly straightforward crime of the murder of an unidentified young woman.

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Mysteries in Paradise

His literary background adds an interesting perspective (or maybe it's that I love words and reading, so I can relate to his character).

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