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Becoming Inspector Chen

#11 Inspector Chen

Xiaolong Qiu



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Severn House
01 July 2021
Inspector Chen is excluded from a poetry case as he awaits possible disciplinary action, leaving him to reflect on his career . . . but does his past hold a clue to the poetry case?

After a number of grueling cases Chief Inspector Chen is facing mounting pressure from his superiors, many of whom are concerned with where his loyalties lie. What's more, he is excluded from an investigation into an incendiary poem posted on an online forum.

Wracked with self-doubt and facing an anxious wait to discover the fate of his career, Chen is left to reflect on the events that have led to where he is now - from his amateur investigations as a child during the Cultural Revolution, to his very first case on the Shanghai Police Force.

Has fighting for the Chinese people and the morals he believes in put him in conflict with the Party? Why is he being kept away from the new case? As well as his career, is his life now also at risk?
By:   Xiaolong Qiu
Imprint:   Severn House
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 217mm,  Width: 139mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   300g
ISBN:   9781780297538
ISBN 10:   178029753X
Series:   An Inspector Chen mystery
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 July 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Anthony Award winning author Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai and moved to Washington University in St Louis, US, to complete a PhD degree in comparative literature. After the Tiananmen tragedy in 1989 he stayed on in St Louis where he still lives with his wife. Qiu's sold over two million copies of his Inspector Chen mysteries worldwide and been published in twenty languages. On top of his fiction, he is a prize-winning writer of poetry. All the titles in the Inspector Chen series, including Hold Your Breath, China, have been dramatized in BBC Radio 4 productions.

Reviews for Becoming Inspector Chen (#11 Inspector Chen)

Another elegant mix of recent history and literary embellishments and a richer Chen backstory . Qiu's stylish hybrid is half fictional literary memoir and half crisp whodunit * <b>Kirkus Reviews</b> * Outstanding ... Fans of mysteries about honest cops working for compromised regimes won't want to miss this one * <b>Publishers Weekly Starred Review</b> of <b>Hold Your Breath, China</b> * Fascinating ... Xiaolong writes with both urgency and grace about modern China in another well-crafted mystery * <b>Booklist Starred Review</b> of <b>Hold Your Breath, China</b> * Inspector Chen's 10th mystery effectively uses the genre to explore China's current pollution crisis * <b>Kirkus Reviews</b> on <b>Hold Your Breath, China</b> * Another superb entry in an always-outstanding series * <b>Booklist Starred Review</b> of <b>Shanghai Redemption</b> *

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