Enigma of China by Qiu Xiaolong
An Inspector Chen Novel (Inspector Chen Cao)

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It's a rather pleasing meditation on the nature of duty and the role of a police officer who might say it’s not his job to prejudge the facts or second-guess the judges. All he need do is discover the “truth”. Except if he had a romantic view of justice, he might see himself under a more universal imperative to act when it’s the right thing to do.
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Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is in an unusual situation-a poet by training and inclination, he was assigned by the party to the Police Department after he graduated college, where he has continued to shine. Now he's a rising cadre in the party, in line to take over the top politic position in the police department, while being one of most respected policeman in the department. Which is why he's brought in by the Party to sign off on the investigation into the death of Zhou Keng.
Zhou Keng-a trusted princeling, son of a major party member-was head of the Shanghai Housing Development Committee when a number of his corrupt practices were exposed on the internet. Removed from his position and placed into extra-legal detention, Zhou apparently hanged himself while under guard. While the Party is anxious to have Zhou's death declared a suicide, and for the renowned Chief Inspector Chen to sign off on that conclusion, the sequence of events don't quite add up. Now Chen will have to decide what to do - investigate the death as a possible homicide and risk angering unseen powerful people, or seek the justice that his position requires him to strive for.
Enigma of China by Qiu Xiaolong is one of Publishers Weekly's Best Mystery/Thriller Books of 2013

 

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 June 18, 2013 by Minotaur Books. 288 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 15 2013

This installment approaches the levels of Eliot Pattison and James Church’s similarly themed novels, and the series has gotten stronger with age.

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Reviewed by David Marshall on Nov 28 2013

It's a rather pleasing meditation on the nature of duty and the role of a police officer who might say it’s not his job to prejudge the facts or second-guess the judges. All he need do is discover the “truth”. Except if he had a romantic view of justice, he might see himself under a more universal imperative to act when it’s the right thing to do.

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