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Year of the Dog (Jack Yu Series #2)
     

Year of the Dog (Jack Yu Series #2)

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by Henry Chang
 

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A rollercoaster ride with NYPD Detective Jack Yu, illuminating the underground world of Chinatown gambling, smuggling, and protection

Jack Yu is one of the few ethnically Chinese officers in the NYPD. Now Jack has been promoted out of the Chinatown Precinct. With multiple murders occurring within days of his transfer, the Ninth Precinct isn’t less

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A rollercoaster ride with NYPD Detective Jack Yu, illuminating the underground world of Chinatown gambling, smuggling, and protection

Jack Yu is one of the few ethnically Chinese officers in the NYPD. Now Jack has been promoted out of the Chinatown Precinct. With multiple murders occurring within days of his transfer, the Ninth Precinct isn’t less violent, per se, but at least Jack doesn’t know most of the perps. When a bloody shootout goes down in Chinatown though, the upper echelons of the NYPD reach out to him for help squelching the escalating gang violence, and Jack learns he cannot get away from Chinatown’s criminals—his old friends—for long.

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Praise for Year of the Dog

"An Asian-flavored The Wire. . . . A richly atmospheric panorama of New York's immigrant demimonde."
Entertainment Weekly

Year of the Dog arrived . . . And suddenly my life became an orgy of reading pleasure.”
—Slate

Praise for the Jack Yu series

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

“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

“For readers who relish noir suspense, it doesn’t get much better.”
The Boston Globe

“A classic noir, filled with longing, violence, and that uniquely urban melancholy, but it also brings something new to the table, a loving specificity of a people and place, the multicultures of New York’s Chinatown, that has rarely if ever been encountered in fiction before. A real discovery.”
—Richard Price, New York Times bestselling author of The Whites

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569476048
Publisher:
Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Jack Yu Series , #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
711,722
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

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

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3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

Harriet Klausner
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