A Loyal Character Dancer (Inspector Chen Series #2)

A Loyal Character Dancer (Inspector Chen Series #2)

by Qiu Xiaolong
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A Loyal Character Dancer (Inspector Chen Series #2) by Qiu Xiaolong

By the Edgar Award nominee and Anthony Award winner.

Inspector Chen's mentor in the Shanghai Police Bureau has assigned him to escort U.S. Marshal Catharine Rohn. Her mission is to bring Wen, the wife of a witness in an important criminal trial, to the United States. Inspector Rohn is already en route when Chen learns that Wen has unaccountably vanished from her village in Fujian. Or is this just what he is supposed to believe? Chen resents his role; he would rather investigate a triad killing in Shanghai's beauteous Bund Park, but his boss insists that saving face with the United States has priority. So Chen Cao, the ambitious son of a father who imbued him with Confucian precepts, must tread warily as he tries once again to be a good cop, a good man, and also a loyal Party member.

Qiu Xiaolong, a prizewinning poet and critic in China, now teaches at Washington University in St. Louis, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781569473016
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Series: Inspector Chen Cao Series , #2
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.82(w) x 8.28(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Qiu Xiaolong, a prizewinning poet and critic in China, now teaches at Washington University in St. Louis, where he lives with his wife and daughter. His critically acclaimed Inspector Chen mystery series has sold over a million copies and has been published in twenty languages.

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Loyal Character Dancer 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
nygeek More than 1 year ago
A friend introduced me to the Chen Cao stories recently. I finished "Death of a Red Heroine" recently and I am completely hooked. So I immediately bought the second in the series "A Loyal Character Dancer" for my Nook and started in. To my dismay, I got to about position 94 (out of 296 - should have been a clue, since Red Heroine went to 417) and discovered that a big chunk of text is missing. The missing text is in the middle of this text: '... she paused to take a sip of her Zhu upstairs, something could have been done to the steps.' I looks to me like the blank between 'her' and 'Zhu' should contain a significant amount of text. So do buy this book, but make sure that BN gets the book repaired first!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Book two in the (People's Republic) Inspector Chen saga meets the high expectations aroused by Qui Xiaolong's first, Death of a Red Heroine. A Loyal Character Dancer is just a damn good mystery--a police procedural of the first water, dangling clues like fish-meal dumplings in front of our noses and leading us on a hunt for the wife of a man slated to testify in a crucial people-smuggling case in the U.S. A Loyal Character Dancer offers the exotic land of China in all its complexity, with neither the Revolution nor the Cultural Revolution ever forgotten. We discover a still-thoroughly traditional China entrenched in, but not extinguished by, the peculiarities wrought by Communism--a China where an herbalist works on a Karioke-bar Mr. Big Bucks and from which the influence of the criminal triads has never disappeared. SoHo Press has made a big success--at least a literary one--by bucking the mainstream insistence that Americans won't read mysteries set in overseas locales unless the protagonist is thoroughly a U.S. type. That theory is just another irksome example of the dumbing down of literature to appeal to the `masses,' but thank goodness for SoHo and books like Death of a Red Heroine and A Loyal Character Dancer. Any mystery lover will understand what author Qui Xiaolong is striving for and achieves in A Loyal Character Dancer. As the now St. Louis-based professor did in his Anthony-winning Death of a Red Heroine, Qui Xiaolong has concocted a superb and classic tale of crime investigation, one with memorable secondary characters and fascinating cultural intrigue. We must thank the author for taking us into a very up-to-date Communist China and presenting us with the full scope of so much that goes on there. The book is a stunning success, intricate and entertaining in the extreme. G. Miki Hayden, author of Pacific Empire--"¿people whose vibrant existence on the page is never in doubt¿" NYTimes.
Anonymous 6 months ago
An enjoyable tale that blends history, romance and Chinese culture. The mystery aspect helps to keep the story moving, but the real joy of this series is character development in the context of modern China. This series is not as tragic as Eliot Pattinson's, nor as poetic. But I prefer the optimistic future of this series without guilt or anger.
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Laohu More than 1 year ago
Let's face it: it's just fun to read novels set in a foreign country. Especially the Far East which is still a place of exotic dreams for us in the West. Inspector Chen is a complicated, deep, sensitive and ethical person who evokes our sympathy right from the start. He just keeps getting better and more mature as you get through the series. I highly recommend every book in the series.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Having thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, Death of a Red Heroine, I jumped right into reading the sequel. This second visit with Chief Inspector Chen and his loyal deputy Yu is fun and the case even more interesting than that in the Red Heroine as it involves gangs and illegal immigration from China to the United States. But what I really liked in Red Heroine was the interesting group of characters, the descriptions of life and political atmosphere of 1990 Shanghai. Nothing in Character Dancer add to the first book in this area as it is not fresh and the group of characters are given minor rolls. New twist is that Inspector Chen must work with a United States Marshal, a woman named Catherine Rohn. This I suspect was a plot devise to give some dialog to the management of U.S. / China relations. The problem here is that the Rohn character is so underwritten she becomes more of wooden prop to hold up the narrative. And lastly, I am not a big fan of mysteries that end which several pages of the brilliant inspector explaining all that happened and perhaps why. All that said if you liked the character of Inspector Chen and a book more aimed at the case than the character I think you will get some entertainment value. I do plan to read the next book in the series and hope it returns to the roots of Red Heroine.
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sophie717 More than 1 year ago
I love this author's books.
Minnesota_ReaderAN More than 1 year ago
While well written, this book is closer to a travelogue with some mystery thrown in.