Year of the Dog (Jack Yu Series #2)

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He?s been transferred to a different precinct, but Detective Jack Yu cannot get away from Chinatown?s criminals?his old friends?who have hooked up with the Hong Kong-based triads in an elaborate nationwide credit card fraud. He also cannot escape the Chinese victims whose stories cry out for justice, like the teenage Chinese take-out delivery boy brutally murdered in the projects.

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Overview

He’s been transferred to a different precinct, but Detective Jack Yu cannot get away from Chinatown’s criminals—his old friends—who have hooked up with the Hong Kong-based triads in an elaborate nationwide credit card fraud. He also cannot escape the Chinese victims whose stories cry out for justice, like the teenage Chinese take-out delivery boy brutally murdered in the projects.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Jack Yu series:

“Think you know New York? Then let Henry Chang show you around. This is tough crime fiction that reaches into the darkest corners of Chinatown and beyond, written with a deep understanding of the world through which Detective Jack Yu moves, and a soulful compassion for those who inhabit it. Every word has the ring of truth about it.”
—Stuart Neville, author of The Final Silence

"Destiny could find no better assistant than the decent, determined Det. Jack Yu."
The Wall Street Journal

"Chinatown is the hero here. Better say antihero, because while the picture is vivid and often compelling, it's anything but pretty."
Kirkus Reviews

"[Chang] paints, in miniature, a harsh world of neon and shadows but doesn't slight the Big Questions. . . . [He takes] genre fiction to a deeper level, focusing on the mysteries of the human mind that a murder brings to light in those with some connection to the deceased. Mysteries, quirks, that might otherwise lie buried, but that subtly define who we are."
—Ron Rosenbaum, Slate

"A vivid, street-level portrait . . . evokes the spirit, sights, smells and language of his setting in compelling and original fashion."
The New York Times

"This is a dense, moody, and intelligent glimpse at Chinese life in New York as seen through the world-weary eyes of a young man with a foot firmly planted in two cultures."
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Publishers Weekly

Less a conventional mystery than a study in Chinese-American culture, Chang's second novel (after 2006's Chinatown Beat) offers another tantalizing glimpse of precinct and street life in Manhattan's Chinatown. When a prosperous family of four dies in their apartment, NYPD Det. Jack Yu determines it is murder/suicide, probably an effort to save face. Saving face, a powerful motivator in Chinese culture, drives many characters, including Yu's boyhood friend, now gang boss, Tat "Lucky" Louie; young turk Koo Jai, who's trying to pull one over on Lucky; and Sai Go, a dying smalltime bookie who wants to keep his dignity. DA Alexandra Lee-Chow, in contrast, embodies the struggles of ordinary Chinese-Americans who are neither crooks nor celebrities. While some may feel there are too many specifics about Chinese takeout meals and the finale is a bit of a copout, Chang deftly keeps the action moving as he brings the Chinatown neighborhood alive in all its guises. (Nov.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Detective Jack Yu finds that you can go home again but may not want to. Armed with his new gold shield, Jack Yu, out of the Fifth Precinct (Chinatown), has been redeployed to the Ninth (Manhattan South), where he's counting his blessings: fewer home-boy ties, less of the awkwardness of being the cheeky street kid turned law enforcement guy. Not that the Ninth is any picnic. It's still New York City, after all, and man's inhumanity to man, woman and child is still endemic. Within days of his arrival, Jack catches a multiple murder. That's followed by the brutal killing of a Chinese-American honor student, barely in his teens, beaten to death for sneaker money. But Jack's chosen a cop's life unblinkered, and though it sometimes depresses him, it can hardly surprise him-until suddenly Chinatown reaches out for him again. A bloody shootout that threatens to escalate into full-blown tong warfare has made upper NYPD echelons very anxious. As a result, Jack finds himself on familiar turf, asking questions, sifting clues and rediscovering just how deeply his one-time friends and neighbors distrust cops. As in Jack's debut (Chinatown Beat, 2006), Chinatown is the hero here. Better say antihero, because while the picture is vivid and often compelling, it's anything but pretty. Agent: Debbie Phillips and Dana Adkins/Adkins and Phillips Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569475157
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Series: Jack Yu Series, #2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,381,717
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Chang was born and raised in New York's Chinatown, where he still lives. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute and CCNY. He is the author of Chinatown Beat and Death Money, also in the Detective Jack Yu series.

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  • Posted October 19, 2008

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    a police procedural

    In Lower Manhattan in a condominium in a luxurious high rise, four Chinese-Americans are dead due to eight times the normal level of CO in the apartment; two of the deceased are young elementary school age children. NYPD Detective Jack Yu is shook though he hides it as a family wiped out. He concludes a triple murder-suicide occurred with the motive being saving face; something he understands as being an extremely powerful driver amidst the Chinese even third generation American.<BR/><BR/>Jack is concerned with his friends¿ connections to Hong King mobsters. He understands no good can come of that in the long run, but he vows to be there for them as best he can. His childhood pal Tat "Lucky" Louie now runs the local mob while a rookie Koo Jai tries to foolishly pull a stunt on the gang leader. Bookie Sai Go knows he is dying, but his only request is to die with self-respect and not with someone else changing his diapers. To Jack this is his Chinatown.<BR/><BR/>Not really a police procedural although there are some elements of that sub-genre in the plot, YEAR OF THE DOG is more a culture study of the Manhattan Chinese-American lifestyle. The story line goes extremely deep into the ¿DNA: of the NYC Chinese-American especially the ¿save face¿ driver that has led to murder and suicide. Although the ending is a let down, fans will enjoy Jack¿s CHINATOWN BEAT as Henry Chang provides an appealing tale.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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