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Marjorie Liu delivers another stellar paranormal with this third action-packed installment in her Dirk & Steele series. Using the Dirk & Steele detective agency, staffed by shapeshifters and others with different magic abilities, enables Liu to showcase a different gifted misfit hero each time. This time it's clairvoyant Dean Campbell, set on the trail of a nonhuman criminal in Taipei who is flagrantly setting people on fire. Also in Taiwan is anthropologist Mirabelle "Miri" Lee, who makes a rare discovery at an archaeological site: a 4,000-year-old piece of red jade, embedded in the body of a mummy. When Dean and Miri meet up, it's a shock: Twenty years ago, they were best friends -- beginning to be teenage lovers -- when an accident killed Miri. Or so Dean thought. Now someone is being paid to kidnap Miri and steal the jade. On the way to finding the murderer, Dean discovers an old love, an older magic, and the beginnings of a new future.
Liu goes all out from page one, packing Red Heart of Jade with lots of action, a powerful and tender love story, an intricate plot, and a fabulous setting. Ginger Curwen