9Tail Fox

9Tail Fox❤ [KINDLE] ❃ 9Tail Fox By Jon Courtenay Grimwood ➣ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Bobby Zha is a Sergeant in the San Francisco Police Department His years on the force have made him numb to the world and the people around him including his wife and daughter His sudden and unexplain Bobby Zha is a Sergeant in the San Francisco Police Department His years on the force have made him numb to the world and the people around him including his wife and daughter His sudden and unexplained murder leaves his family reeling and the SFPD bewildered But nobody is bewildered then Sergeant Zha when a nine tailed celestial fox comes to him at the moment of his death and tells him he has one chance to put things right Now he’s trying to solve his own murder; trying to understand why he has been resurrected in another man’s body; and trying to repair the shattered pieces of his family’s life But his time seems to be running out From the shell shattered ruins of Stalingrad in to the present day politics of San Francisco's Chinatown Tail Fox is evocative of place and crystal clear in its depiction of character. I can't say I enjoyed this very much at all I know they say that it's good for characters to have flaws but I felt Bobby was full of flaws that made him completely unlikable The only uality he had was that he loved his daughterI found this very hard to get through and although uite an interesting plot line I didn't think it was written all that well It was hard to follow with all the POV changes and I didn't find any of the characters all that likableSo much could have been done with this There is something about this book that is undefinable I can't tell you why I like it as much as I do I'm not easy to please and this book gets four stars because I've only read it once I've read my five star books several imes and they hold up What I can say is that I can't seem to stop thinking about Bobby Zha It is a very well crafted story that drew me in from page one and held me in thrall to the very end I'd be interested it communicating with others who have read this book and found it intriguing Detective investigates his own murder in near future San Francisco Been a while since I read any JCG and I really enjoyed this I want so much to like this book The idea of a dead man waking up in another body to try and solve his own murder intrigues me but it took some serious masochism to finish the book It could go the mythical route a 9 tailed celestial fox shows the chinese mythos or even an almost sci fi route surgery? to keep my interest Unfortunately this book goes nowhere The main character Zha has the makings of a well rounded little sht whose flaws outweigh his plusses who just might try to make it right but the author can't keep the character in mind Zha is all over the place He starts out as a misunderstood cop who has an empathy with the street people and ends up nowhere The flaws including womanizing and a forgetfulness when it comes to family seem like additions instead of the integral pieces they should have been The author must have intended for these flaws to make Zha a great character but Zha wanders through the book seemingly lost and leaves the reader even confused than Zha seems to beThat doesn't even address the difficulty I had reading the story It reads like the editor likes to read things by highlighting lines and accidently deleted a ton of the material in the process In addition the author seemed to have a clear beginning and a clear end with no clue what to do in the middle The chapters occasionally switch to another character but it doesn't happen often enough for it to make sense why am I reading about Russia during WWII when the character had barely been mentioned? Some chapters have to be labeled flashback There is no flow in this bookCould someone rewrite this? The character Zha deserves a deft hand Zha could stand out in a story that was only okay and even so in a murder mystery with 9 tailed foxes Sort of disposeable read it in a day supernatural detective techno thriller In a near future San Francisco Detective Sergeant Bobby Zha is killed investigating a break in in Chinatown He awakes in the body of a white man who's been in a coma ward in NYC for 20 years Luckily the body he's wearing is the heir to a sizable settlement over the car crash that left it comatose so Bobby zips back to SF to investigate his death Police corruption and brain swapping technothriller hijinks ensue Grimwood gets a lot of the feel of San Francisco right although one feels that he didn't really leave ChinatownUnion Suare on his research visits The rest of the city is sketched in very ghostly details A Latina character lives with her mom and brother in a hose on Valencia There are like three actual houses on Valencia I think And I don't know any locals who spend that much time at Cafe De La Presse or who would stay at the goddamned Hotel Triton as Zha does Grimwood did spend some worthwhile time getting to know Chinatown except I don't know where there's room between Grant and Stockton for a warehouse on a side alley which is where Zha is killed One minor gripe editing A character is described on one page as having studied criminology in Houston and then on the very next page as having attended university in Austin A chapter or so later we find that yes it was an MA and a PhD in Austin Another character Colonel Billy is wearing combat boots on one page On the next page the rain is running into his cracked tennis shoes Really John these things stick out returnreturnI very much enjoyed Grimwood's Ashraf Bey trilogy though was a little less convinced by either his earlier redRobe or his recent Stamping Butterflies I'm glad to report IMHO a return to form Like the Ashraf Bey trilogy this is essentially a police procedural in a somewhat alternative history version of a famous port city with distint sfnal overtones to do with technological brain enhancements So we have identified what he does well thenreturnreturnThis time the city is San Francisco however and the central character is killed on page 30 only to wake up like Corwin in Nine Princes in Amber in a hospital in upstate New York; and he spends the rest of the book solving his own murder The basic plot has of course been done before but I love Grimwood's intense and often sultry writing style; and here he successfully transfers it to a new setting with memorable charactersreturnreturnI still had a very slight feeling after we found the solution to the mystery that it might not hang together all that well if I inspected it too closely but the ride was such good fun that I won't look returnreturnA final point I can't help noting that this is the second book by JCG featuring a scene with teenagers meeting for the first time in business class on a long distance flight and spending the journey making out There is presumably a true story there waiting to be retold The fox was pure white and carried its tail high and curled like flame over its back Its eyes were red as coals fierce with anger White canines showed on either side of its mouth'Jinwei hu' said BobbyThe fox nodded even though Bobby had only said the name in his head Somewhere on Grant Avenue a kid let off a string of firecrackers left over from the night before and the fox grinnedAlthough both books have a police detective as a main character 9tail Fox is completely different from the only other book of this author's that I've read Lucifer's Dragon is cyberpunk while 9tail Fox is of a noir detective story and is set closer to the present day That's a good thing as I hate finding a new author only to discover that she writes the same book over and over againBobby Zha is a policeman of Chinese descent who works for the SFPD in Chinatown His career has stalled and his marriage is in tatters but he has an affinity for children and street people and his boss Lieutenant ue mostly leaves him to his own devices After being shot while on duty he sees a nine tailed white celestial fox as he is dying and then wakes up in the body of a man who has been in a coma since he was a seven years old Conveniently Robert Vanberg had received a multi million dollar settlement for his injuries which means that Bobby has the resources to investigate the cases he was working on at the time of his murder in an attempt to find out why he died and why he didn't I adored the Arabesk series start with Pashazade so when I was wandering through the SF section and saw this novel I grabbed itI had forgotten he wrote another book I didn't like as much I only noticed when I looked for the name of that book just now Hunh Anyway This was wonderful sort of a supernatural detective story set in alternate San Francisco About which I know very little so if there were geographical problems I would never have known Has the sort of frenetic feel of the good Neal Stephenson novels but manages to finish the story without feeling like you just drove off a cliff Dude I love Snow Crash and The Diamond Age but I am aware of their flaws OK he mostly resolved things I'm still not clear what Pete Sanchez was doing or why or why Bea's family didn't stop that relationshipbut that's acceptableAn anti hero I liked whoa Cool idea but kind of a mess in the execution Dead cop must solve his own murder It's kind of noir ish which I enjoy but the plot is convoluted even by noir detective standards and in the end I didn't feel like it all made much sense Annoyance our main character is supposed to be kind of a jerk but he's always having sex and then making sure to tell us that he smells her on his fingers Not sure what the author was aiming at here but it comes across as frat boyish Major distraction though the characters are American the British author doesn't have them speak American English So people are always saying meant to when an American would say supposed to people take lifts and when asked if he had any trouble our hero answers should I have done? Maybe the author just didn't expect a US sale but this is something the US publisher should have fixed It took me out of the story every time it came up which was every couple of pages I enjoyed this book vastly however I enjoyed it for reasons that may not have an appeal for everybody else under the sun #1 I find Chinese religion and cosmology a fascinating thing to poke around at#2 I live in the city where it is set and know the area of town that it takes place in uite well#3 I have a great weakness for foxesThese three things which I found the book to be full of and well written about are things which wouldn't necessarily appeal to anyone else As a result I am giving it 4 stars I suspect someone without these same interests wouldn't have as much enjoyment of it as I had

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  • Paperback
  • 280 pages
  • 9Tail Fox
  • Jon Courtenay Grimwood
  • English
  • 22 September 2015
  • 9781597800785