Red Mandarin Dress
By (author) Qiu Xiaolong
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Red Mandarin Dress by Qiu Xiaolong
Book DescriptionNow a BBC Radio 4 Drama Series. Political corruption, capitalist greed and past injustices are all revealed when Inspector Chen investigates a serial killer in Shanghai. An early morning jogger found her. Clad in nothing but a red mandarin dress, she had been dumped, barely concealed, on a traffic island. The death of a dancing girl was unpleasant but this was particularly unusual in that she had been left openly in the centre of town. She had probably angered one of the Mr Big Bucks that were taking over and transforming Shanghai. Inspector Chen is an intuitive investigator, a talented poet and an honourable man on the edge of a nervous breakdown. Desperate to find a way to release himself from the perilous police career that had been chosen for him, he takes time off to begin an MA in Literature. Then another girl is found dead ...With a serial killer on the loose. Chen is pulled back to work and into his most dangerous assignment yet.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780340935187
(197mm x 131mm x 22mm)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publish Date: 24-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Qiu Xiaolong
Shanghai Redemption, Paperback (August 2016)
Chief Inspector Chen Cao, stripped of his titles and his power, faces the deadliest case of his career, one that threatens to destroy his reputation and even costs him his life.
Enigma of China, Paperback (July 2015)
The eighth novel in Qiu Xiaolong's acclaimed Chinese crime series sees Inspector Chen confronted by a terrible choice between Party politics or his principles - with his career at stake.
Don't Cry, Tai Lake, Paperback (June 2015)
In the seventh novel in this acclaimed Chinese crime series, Inspector Chen's holiday is interrupted by murder and a case that shows the true cost of his country's drive towards prosperity.
Mao Case, Paperback / softback (March 2010)» View all books by Qiu Xiaolong
Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is the head of the Special Case group and is often put in charge of politically "sensitive" cases. Inspector Chen takes his job as a policeman very seriously, and is unwilling to compromise his principles in favor of political expedience.
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Author Biography - Qiu Xiaolong
Qiu Xiaolong (pronounced 'Joe Shau-long') was born in Shanghai. The Cultural Revolution began in his last year of elementary school, and out of school, out of job, he studied English by himself in a local park. In 1977, he began his studies at East China Normal University in Shanghai, and then the Chinese Academy of Social Science in Beijing. After graduation, he worked at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences as an associate research professor, published poems, translations and criticism, and became a member of the Chinese Writers' Association. In 1988, he came to Washington University in St. Louis, U.S. as a Ford foundation fellow to do a project on Eliot, but after the Tiananmen tragedy of 1989, he decided to stay on. He then obtained a Ph.D. in comparative literature at Washington University and taught there. Having won several awards for his poetry in English, he moved on to write a novel about contemporary Chinese society in transition, which developed into the critically acclaimed, award-winning Inspector Chen series. The series has been translated into sixteen languages. In addition, Qiu Xiaolong has published a poetry collection, several poetry translations, and a collection of linked stories (also serialized in Le Monde). He lives in St. Louis with his wife and daughter.
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