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Author Qiu, Xiaolong, 1953-

Title A loyal character dancer / Qiu Xiaolong
Published New York : Soho Press, 2002


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Description 351 pages ; 22 cm
Series An Inspector Chen investigation
Qiu, Xiaolong, 1953- Inspector Chen novel.
Summary "Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Bureau and Inspector Catherine Rohn of the U.S. Marshals Service must work together to find a missing woman. She is married to an important witness in a U.S. criminal case who has refused to testify unless his pregnant wife is allowed to join him. The Chinese government has reluctantly agreed to let her go and the Americans have sent a marshal to escort her. Then, inexplicably, she vanishes." "Is she a kidnap victim, held by a triad that fears her husband's testimony? Is she an abused wife, fleeing her tormentor? Is she even still alive? She was once a dedicated Red Guard. When all other dancing was forbidden, she performed holding aloft the red paper Chinese character for "loyal" to show her devotion to Chairman Mao. Now she has become a case for the Shanghai Police Bureau's poetic chief inspector."
"Chen fears that the government may have changed its mind about cooperating with the U.S. And now that capitalism is returning to China, so have the triads. Their influence permeates society; perhaps the police force and even the Party have been penetrated. Internal Security may be trying to entrap him and Catherine Rohn in compromising circumstances. For whom are they working?" "Ambitious, but an honest cop, Chen must decide whether the successful conclusion of his assignment is worth jeopardizing his career, and perhaps even his life and that of the woman he seeks."--BOOK JACKET
Subject Americans -- China -- Fiction.
Chen, Inspector (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Missing persons -- Fiction.
Police -- China -- Shanghai -- Fiction.
Shanghai (China) -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Fiction.
LC no. 2002070580
ISBN 1569473013 (alk. paper)