Shanghai Redemption

Shanghai Redemption[Epub] ➟ Shanghai Redemption ➤ Qiu Xiaolong – The system has no place for a cop who puts justice above the interests of the Party It's a miracle that I survived as long as I did For years Chen Cao managed to balance the interests of the Communist The system has no place for a cop who puts justice above the interests of the Party It's a miracle that I survived as long as I did For years Chen Cao managed to balance the interests of the Communist Party and the promises made by his job He was both a Chief Inspector of Special Investigations of the Shanghai Police Department and the deputy party secretary of the bureau He was considered a potential rising star in the Party until after one too many controversial cases that embarrassed powerful elements in the Party Chen Cao found himself neutralized Under the guise of a major promotion a new position with a substantial title but no power he's stripped of his job duties and isolated But that's still not enough as it becomes increasingly clear that someone is attempting to set him up for public disgrace and possibly worseChen Cao is technically in charge of the corruption case of a Red Prince a powerful high Party figure who embodies the ruthless ambition greed and corruption that is increasingly evident in the new China This Red Prince has the kind of connections and power to deflect any attempts to bring him to justice Now with no power few allies and with his own reputation on the line the former Inspector Chen is facing the most dangerous investigation of his career and his life. While this book started off uite sluggishly and took a while for this reader to get into the poetic prose and languid pacing it eventually improved to sustain interest It was thought provoking to ponder the chaos and corruption faced by citizens trapped in an enlightened communist regime Thus the setting's ambiance proved a compelling and fascinating element Unfortunately between the similarity of some names titles and all too freuent shifting locales the enjoyment of following the meandering plot became annoying Moreover the too freuent inclusion of poetic uotes and Chinese proverbs grew old The book morphed from a police mystery with social implications into a fortune cookie nightmare Most disappointing was the ending that seemed haphazardly cobbled together and left this reader wondering about the fate of several key characters I've read several other books in this series and generally find the author's portrayal of modern China to be riveting Since my last foray into his work though I've actually visited Shanghai briefly On the one hand I enjoyed the experience of recognizing some of the places he describes On the other I have become a bit tired of his relentlessly negative view of Chinese political and social reality Perhaps his view is accurate than mine but one always should uestion the perceptions of a deliberate expatriateWhile I was reading the book I could hardly put it down Still when I'd finished I felt disappointment than satisfaction Of course the plot isn't really the point in these stories but still I'd like something than just China bashing It's a better book than the last one in the series The plot is pretty much straight out of recent headlines from China Bo Xi Lai the dead pigs in the river in Shanghai official corruption but it is still fairly well done The most interesting things in the book deal with the food the cemetery rituals in Suzhou and the decline of the Suzhou operaThe minor characters are interesting than Chen who is is still comparatively flat and the poetry is of a distraction than a revelation Much much better than the previous volume in the series Interesting to note the contrasts between it and Enigma of China In my review of that book I said that Chen seemed to be in a last bus scenario; in this one he starts by taking a bus to visit his father's grave but the bus leads to trouble than he expects In Enigma Chen was seriously considering uitting the police force; here the force seems to want to uit Chen by shuffling him into a directorship a basically phony job to get him out of the way of what? You want a week or two off? Take it no problem Leave your stuff including your computer here no problem Chen is understandably suspicious He is no longer a Chief Inspector but he doesn't seem to be having money problems; he may take the subway instead of a company car but he's still a lavish tipper who has no trouble eating in pricey Shanghai restaurantsAfter the death of a pretty young woman for which Chen feels responsible he wants to redeem himself The author certainly has after two lacklustre novels There is less information dump of things a person born in China would already know all about and would not feel drawn to discuss at length with another person born in China and the proofreadinglanguage is effective and less bizarre The ending is still abrupt but I think that's because the author really had taken the tale as far as it could go From BBC Radio 4 DramaInspector Chen finds himself promoted sideways from the Shanghai Police Bureau before narrowly escaping a night club trap and exposing a web of financial and sexual corruption Dramatised by John HarveyDirector David HunterShanghai Redemption is the 9th of iu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen novels all 9 of which have been dramatised for BBC Radio 4 They have sold over 1 million copies and been translated into 20 langauges Witty and thrilling The Daily TelegraphA welcome alternative to Scandi noir The Observerhttpswwwbbccoukprogrammesb0b3 Shanghai Redemption is one of the most complex mysteries I've read in some time The plot lines are uite intense and very indirect This aspect of literature with an Asian flavor has always been great fun Chen is himself being hunted while trying to solve couple of cases before dealing with his promotion out of the Shanghai Police Fighting against the hidden enemy while trying to fulfill his code of justice and honor proves a captivating storyThis story very much fits with the seuence begun in Enigma of China #8 in the Inspector Chen Cao series but stands well enough on its own The interplay of technology internet social media flash drives and the standard threads of politics and philosophy from much older eras is fascinating That said the technology does not interfere with a great storyThe literary content of this story is eual in its way to anything Umberto Eco has done The interesting thing is that none of the poetry philosophy religion and historical citations are redundant or simply add on decoration to the storyplot They are all important to understand the full sense of what happens The range of reference is amazing From Eliot to ancient Chinese poets For me the most striking was the again indirect reference to Blake's Tiger which as it turns out is the pivot for understanding the key to resolution of the plot against Chen as well as the case he is investigating Blake would have been delighted as would Frye in the usage of the lines and referenceThe references and discussion of food in the story are a gem not to be missed What Donna Leon does for Venetian cuisine iu Xiaolong does for Shanghai and environs I can tell you the Green Tea Shrimp is mouth wateringAs the mystery itself goes Chen does well on his own against amazing difficulties The remarkable aspect of this story as well as #8 is the part friends and associates play in his work This makes for great character development and provides a sense of social fabric one does not often see in contemporary mysteries Peiuin is amazing in her work on the net Melong is eually intriguing Significant and remarkably understated are the roles the female characters play in the story Each in their own way provides a thread that contributes notably to the fabric of the storyAll this put together made me delighted with the decision to change my reading list and move this one up to read immediately after Enigma of China It is a great story in a great series There is the obscure and somewhat unresolved status of Chen at the end which is different from Western story lines That said I can't wait to see where the next book in this series takes him and all around him Definitely worth putting on the must read list First Sentence April is a cruel month if not the cruelest Chen Cao was on an upward track within the Shanghai Police Department and the Communist Party Now he has been “promoted” to a position with no power and few responsibilities He suspects but can’t prove that he’s being set up for disgrace Technically Chen is in charge of a corruption case against a powerful Party figure But without any support just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not following you There are many reasons to read a book by iu Xiaolong but one is how much one learns about a place history culture and people many of us will never visit What’s even better is when the author has a style and voice that brings it all to live and makes us feel as though we are there Even the occasional awkwardness of the dialogue remind us that this is not a translation but written by someone for whom Chinese his first language which simply reinforces the sense of place The literary and poetry uotations interspersed within the story along with descriptions of meals “crispy fried green onions and shredded port iun ordered plain noodles with peeled shrimp friend with Dragon Well tea leaves in across the bridge style”further add to a very clear sense of place and culture Xiaolong also makes us stop and consider”To do nothing it says in the Taoist classic “Dao De Jing” makes it possible for one to do everything Chen wanted to make his enemy believe that he was doing nothing thereby allowing him to do whatever was necessary while they weren’t watching” Whilst some in this country may complain about government surveillance ui makes it very clear as to what it is like living under a one party system where surveillance is everywhere and in every form He also makes learning about Chinese history and tradition fascinating including that of the ernai who are similar to concubines but hold a different status and relationship Chen is a wonderful character He is ethical moral and loyal to his family and friends He immediately protects someone who is innocent Just when one thinks Chen truly is paranoid and we are all being led astray there is a powerful twist that ratchets up the suspense “Shanghai Redemption” is a fast action read and an engrossing one which should be savoured The ending is very satisfactory and yet elicits an intriguing sense of future uncertainty for Chen which is always fun SHANGHAI REDEMPTION Lic Invest Chen Cao China Contemp VGXiaolong iu – 9th in seriesMinotaur Books – Sept 2015 Shanghai Redemption is book #9 in the Inspector Chen Cao series This book was originally written in English although the author was born in Shanghai in 1953 and lived in China until 1988 when he went to study to the United States Inspector Chen is a policeman in modern Shanghai an honest man amid rampant corruption Now he has been demoted to a job that will get him away from his police duties Somebody high up in the government wants to get rid of him permanently if possibleThe beauty of iu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen books is not only that the mysteries are so so good but that we get a view of modern China that feels as if you're reading a modern history book And also the books are full of ancient China history and literature of uotes and beautiful poems For me these series perfectly combine a view of modern China but also of it's traditions Another part that I love is the description of the food it just makes you imagine yourself in front of a big bowl of noodles I had read the first book in the series and had to go to Shanghai for business It looked like a good idea to read Inspector Chen adventures And indeed it was a good idea One feels closer to the subject in this city of contrastsChen is a filial son committed to his family and to the people he serves as a policeman and Party member But he knows where his allegiances are And this causes him some trouble Throw in the corrupt environment of Chinese politics add many drops of old Chinese wisdom old poetry of many dynasties and you start getting the flavour of things The book is thrilling in its intrigue and slow in its evolution with so many teas and poetic citations It makes a very pleasant moment nothing to do with the classical hard boiled detective stories that I cherish but of eually high uality This book held so much promise I'm a big fan of this series and it appeared as if all of the elements were in place for a big payoff but in the end poof? We have Chen in a new position We have the whole host of characters his mother unresolved Yu Mr Gu White Cloud Melong Pein and in the end they're really all left hanging I guess we have a resolution in the epilogue but it is most unsatisfying given the intensity of the book and the large themes dealt with I feel letdown

Shanghai Redemption MOBI ¼ Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 290 pages
  • Shanghai Redemption
  • Qiu Xiaolong
  • French
  • 17 August 2015
  • 9782867467172