One Red Bastard by Ed Lin

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Lin is an original, gifted writer with an offbeat slant that lets you look at the world maybe a shade differently.
-Aunt Agatha's

Synopsis

In One Red Bastard, Ed Lin's thrilling sequel to the highly acclaimed Snakes Can't Run, "reminiscent of Elmore Leonard… Compulsively readable" (Don Lee), it's the fall of 1976. New York's Chinatown is in turmoil over news that Mao's daughter is seeking asylum in the U.S. The series hero Robert Chow is a neighborhood detective in training, and he is thrilled when his girlfriend Lonnie scores an interview with the Chinese representative of Mao's daughter. But hours after the interview, the man is found dead. Lonnie, the last person to see him alive, is the main suspect.

As Lonnie is subjected to increasing amounts of intimidation from his fellow policemen, who want to close the case, Robert is tempted to reach into his own bag of dirty tricks. Will he stay on the right side of the law, or will his loyalty to Lonnie get the better of him? Find out in this exciting and fast-paced mystery set in one of New York's most fascinating neighborhoods.

 

About Ed Lin

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ED LIN is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards, one each for his previous books Waylaid, This Is a Bust, and Snakes Can't Run. Lin, a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, was awarded the Booklist Editor's Choice and Top Ten First Novel for Waylaid.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 15 2012

The mystery is both confusing and obvious, but Lin has a rewardingly sharp eye for both the issues that divide the denizens of New York’s Chinatown and the features that bind them together...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 20 2012

Lin offers a vivid picture of an earlier Manhattan Chinatown than S.J. Rozan, whose fans are likely to warm to the street-savvy Chow, still coming to grips with the horrors of his Vietnam War tour of duty.

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Chron.com

Below average
Reviewed by P. Koch on May 19 2012

But the distancing keeps many players, both cops and radical suspects, more stylized cartoon than convincing character.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good
Reviewed by Christine Zibas on May 01 2012

This is a thoroughly enjoyable murder mystery, and it's little surprise that Lin is the first to win three awards from the Asian American Literary Awards...

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Criminal Element

Good
Reviewed by Dirk Robertson on Apr 23 2012

This is great stuff... I hope Lin will keep them coming, fast, thick, and slick.

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Aunt Agatha's

Good
Apr 26 2012

Lin is an original, gifted writer with an offbeat slant that lets you look at the world maybe a shade differently.

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