“Here’s a dark slice of New York’s Chinatown that most of us...have probably never seen. Henry Chang takes us on an unforgettable guided tour of its lower depths. In a field awash with pallid noir thrillers, this one is the real thing. A genuine winner.”—Herbert H. Lieberman, author of City of the Dead and Shadow Dancers
“A dramatic evocation of the exotic. . . . More rewarding than a trip to Chinatown.”—Qin Xiaolong, author of Death of a Red Herione
Detective Jack Yu grew up in Chinatown. Some of his friends are criminals now; some are dead. Jack has just been transferred to his old neighborhood, where 99 percent of the cops are white. Unlike the others, confused by the residents who speak another language even when they’re speaking English, Jack knows what’s going on.
He is confronted with a serial rapist who preys on young Chinese girls. Then Uncle Four, an elderly and respected leader of the charitable Hip Ching Society and member of the Hong Kong-based Red Circle Triad, is gunned down. Jack learns that benevolent Uncle Four had a gorgeous young mistress imported from Hong Kong. And she is missing.
To solve these crimes, Jack turns to an elderly fortune teller, an old friend of his, in addition to employing modern police methods. This debut mystery power-fully conveys the sights, sounds, and smells of Chinatown, as well as the attitudes of its inhabitants.
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I don't think I have read enough crime fictions and detective novels to give 5 stars to Henry Chang's book. In my mind this book deserves 5 stars. I grew up in a Literary family that produced several renowned modern day Chinese poets and writers. Grandma's house's most priced possessions are the books. Ironically I never enjoyed reading books. Perhaps the education system of China started me off on the wrong foot. I've always read books by counting pages. Reading book has been a task for me rather enjoyment. This year I crossed over into the beginning of the late 30s and suddenly I found myself embracing books. I was introduced to Charles Bukowski and I followed the author's literary alter ego Henry Chinaski through 5 books and enjoyed each one of them in just a month and half. I devoured books and rather to count pages I am finally inside the story, to become the character, and wanting to know more. I took a break for Bukowski and I thought about giving NYC Chinatown Author...
I have always loved visiting NYC's original Chinatown in Manhattan, so I really enjoyed reading about the Chinese-American detective Jack Yu. The son of immigrants, Jack was born and raised in Chinatown but no longer lives there. He considers himself a modern American and resists attempts by his elderly father to behave more traditionally, in keeping with Chinese culture and values. When his father dies, Jack goes back to Chinatown to clean out the old man's apartment and while there gets drawn into a murder case involving some of his old neighborhood buddies. The story takes off from there and moves along pretty well, although I expect that author Henry Chang will become more adept at plotting as his writing career moves along.
The real value of Chinatown Beat is not the plot in any case. It's the wealth of interesting detail about the lives of the people who live in what can arguably be called New York City's most intriguing neighborhood. Assuming that Chang's material...
After, reading this "free" download, I was very impressed with Mr. Chang's work, and will be buying his other works The story line and plot served as a vehicle to give the reader a feel for generations of people making a living in Chinatown and the lives of those currently in Chinatown. Layered over these elements he has woven in the community's interaction with "social clubs" and gangs. Detective Yu provides us with a view from a second generation Chinese officer that is mentally trying to transition out of the place where he believes he could make a difference, yet Chinatown remains the closed ethnic enclave and the "community" created by language and cultural barriers that even he may not penetrate.
As in most new immigrant communities the first generation did not have the luxury to live and work as they chose, but they sacrificed in the hopes that their children will be the few lucky ones to leave and live the "American dream". For Officer Yu this case and related...
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