Don't Cry, Tai Lake by Qiu Xiaolong

86%

8 Critic Reviews

The dilemmas — and waters — literally get murkier in Don't Cry, Tai Lake, which delves into the ecological disasters perpetrated by China's ever burgeoning and loosely regulated manufacturing plants.
-NPR

Synopsis

"Dark, gorgeous…feels authentically Chinese and it works like a charm." --Washington Post Book World on A Case of Two Cities

Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is offered a bit of luxury by friends and supporters within the Party – a week's vacation at a luxurious resort near Lake Tai, a week where he can relax, and recover, undisturbed by outside demands or disruptions. Unfortunately, the once beautiful Lake Tai, renowned for its clear waters, is now covered by fetid algae, its waters polluted by toxic runoff from local manufacturing plants. Then the director of one of the manufacturing plants responsible for the pollution is murdered and the leader of the local ecological group is the primary suspect of the local police. Now Inspector Chen must tread carefully if he is to uncover the truth behind the brutal murder and find a measure of justice for both the victim and the accused.

 

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 May 8, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 273 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Don't Cry, Tai Lake
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 15 2012

Its portrait of modern China is as intriguing as its slow-rolling whodunit.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 26 2012

That serendipity sometimes furthers the detective work won’t bother those for whom this mystery’s chief appeal is its insights into many of the contradictions of present-day China...

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore on Jun 07 2012

Mr. Qiu masterfully paints shades of gray into a very Chinese tale.

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by Tom Nolan on May 25 2012

...Inspector Chen, in inimitable fashion, not only unmasks the real killer but speaks truth to power...

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on May 09 2012

The dilemmas — and waters — literally get murkier in Don't Cry, Tai Lake, which delves into the ecological disasters perpetrated by China's ever burgeoning and loosely regulated manufacturing plants.

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The Economist

Below average
Jul 10 2012

Mr Qiu is not a brilliant writer and the messages of new China and its anti-environmentalism are hardly subtle.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Patrick Anderson on May 20 2012

Despite its political edge, the novel has an endearing innocence.

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The Japan Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Schreiber on Apr 22 2012

While they gave historical insights into contemporary China, it is also fair to describe them as a form of dissident literature.

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