A Loyal Character Dancer Inspector Chen s mentor in the Shanghai Police Bureau has assigned him to escort U S Marshal Catherine Rohn Her mission is to bring Wen the wife of a witness in an important criminal trial to the Un

  • Title: A Loyal Character Dancer
  • Author: Qiu Xiaolong
  • ISBN: 9781569473412
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
  • Inspector Chen s mentor in the Shanghai Police Bureau has assigned him to escort U.S Marshal Catherine Rohn Her mission is to bring Wen, the wife of a witness in an important criminal trial, to the United States Inspector Rohn is already en route when Chen learns that Wen has unaccountably vanished from her village in Fujian Or is this just what he is supposed to belieInspector Chen s mentor in the Shanghai Police Bureau has assigned him to escort U.S Marshal Catherine Rohn Her mission is to bring Wen, the wife of a witness in an important criminal trial, to the United States Inspector Rohn is already en route when Chen learns that Wen has unaccountably vanished from her village in Fujian Or is this just what he is supposed to believe Chen resents his role he would rather investigate the triad killing in Shanghai s beauteous Bund Park But his boss insists that saving face with Inspector Rohn has priority So Chen Cao, the ambitious son of a father who imbued him with Confucian precepts, must tread warily as he tries once again to be a good cop, a good man, and also a loyal Party member.

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    1. bbc/programmes/b06rf3mwDescription: Shanghai, early 1990s. When a former dancer and party loyalist at the heart of a people smuggling operation to the USA goes missing Inspector Chen is under political pressure to find her, tactfully host a young female US Marshall and find the connection with a grisly Triad murder.Director: David HunterA badly mutilated body turns up in Shanghai's Bund Park. It bears all the hallmarks of a triad killing.Then former dancer and party loyalist Wen Liping vanishes [...]

    2. From BBC Radio 4 - Drama:Inspector Chen: A Loyal Character Dancerby Qiu Xiaolongdramatised by John HarveyShanghai, early 1990s. When a former dancer and party loyalist at the heart of a people smuggling operation to the USA goes missing Inspector Chen is under political pressure to find her, tactfully host a young female US Marshall and find the connection with a grisly Triad murder.Director: David HunterA badly mutilated body turns up in Shanghai's Bund Park. It bears all the hallmarks of a tri [...]

    3. Crime novels are as good as their Detectives. We delight in the Detectives’ failings which serve, not to hide, but to shine light on the brilliance of their often idiosyncratic investigations. We admire their often solitary social existence, as they work under-appreciated and most often, against the established order of things. We enjoy the relationship that develops between the Detectives and their sidekicks, though it is always an unlikely relationship, for the sidekicks have to be less skil [...]

    4. First Sentence: Chief Inspector Chen Cao, of the Shangahi Police Bureau, found himself once again walking through the morning mist toward Bund Park.Chief Inspection Chen Cao has been assigned to escort U.S. Marshall Catherine Rohn. His mission is to make her happy, keep her safe and out of trouble. Her mission is to bring to the United States, Wen, the wife of an important criminal witness. When they go to get Wen, she has disappeared. Chen has to find her, Catherine wants to be an active part o [...]

    5. Inspector Chen Cao is a poet, translator of Western literature, including mysteries, and newly assigned as head of the Special Case Squad. In all of these ways, the protagonist resembles the author, Qui Xiaolong – except the author is a professor, not a policeman.Qiu's second Inspector Chen mystery offers another intriguing glimpse into Chinese life during a period of evolution from communism to a more westernized culture. Wen Liping, a party loyalist, has vanished just when she was to leave f [...]

    6. Another cracking good police procedural from Qiu Xialong. A man's body in silk Valentino pajamas turns up in Bund Park, horribly cut about with an axe. A human trafficker's wife goes missing just when she is wanted to testify in the US. Are they connected, and if so, how? Inspector Chen and his faithful sidekick Yu are told off to deal with the cases, and Chen finds himself acting as adviser/guide/interpreter for an attractive female US Marshall. I enjoyed reading this installment, though the "l [...]

    7. This second installment of the Inspector Chen series gives the reader a deeper insight into the main character. Inspector Chen adroitly maneuvers his way through some tricky politics while aiding a US Marshall there in China to escort a woman to the US.The plot moves along nicely until the end where things get very complicated. The ending is quite a tangle, it almost seems to be deliberate, leaving the author with sufficient hooks to take up the story line in the future.Overall a nice read.

    8. I liked this even better than the first in the series. Inspector Chen is a poet and a translator, and a poem based on historical fact provides the key to solve this case. Chen's deft working within the political system of today's China is admirable and interesting as always, and this book finds him balancing on the tightrope of cooperation with the United States to do something about illegal immigration and the powerful Chinese gangs whose power is based on their lucrative exploitation of immigr [...]

    9. For of all sad words of tongue or pen,The saddest are these: “It might have been!” ~Maud Muller by John Greenleaf WhittierQui Xiaolong's 2003 A Loyal Character Dancer is the second in the Inspector Chin Cao series. It's an excellent sophomore effort that ably pushes the series forward. This time the issue at hand deals with criminal triads and human smuggling operations. The novel also deals with lost opportunities writ large and small. Like it predecessor Death of a Red Heroine, the novel i [...]

    10. This is another engaging "Inspector Chen" mystery. I enjoyed the characters, imagery, and investigationshe in the story. My favorite aspects, though, are the translations of Chinese poetry, proverbs, and idioms in context. Not only are they liberally used to add to the sense of character and place, they are explained in such a way that the meaning clearly comes through in English. The translation is not just words, but spirit. Reading an Inspector Chen mystery is not just an enjoyable reading ex [...]

    11. The theme of Inspector Chen #2 mystery is human trafficking and the persistence of the Triad criminal gangs in mainland China, despite what the ruling Communist Party would like to believe. Wei is married to a creepy guy who makes it to America from their small northern town, thanks to a Triad payoff. Turns out, he's willing to testify as soon as his wife can be brought to America, and so a member of the US Marshall Service comes to Shanghai to bring her back. Only she turns up missing, and the [...]

    12. After Death of a Red Heroine, I had to get right to another Qiu Xialong and somehow A Loyal Character Dancer popped right up. We're right back in Shanghai, of course, and we find Chief Inspector Chen enjoying a morning walk and cup of tea in Bund Park, a city center place along the confluence of two rivers. A peaceful scene right near the Peace Hotel. But the peace doesn't last. First, there's that body in the bushes, dressed in expensive pajamas and scored with ax wounds. Then comes the news th [...]

    13. As in Death of a Red Heroine, the prior novel in this Shanghai-based detective series, a woman has been victimized by the excesses of Communist Party ideology. Wu was a beautiful and popular high school "queen" in the 1970s. A devoted Red Guard leader, she embraced the Party command that "educated youths" leave the cities to labor alongside the peasants, only to find bitter hardship and betrayal. Forced into an abusive marriage with a local Party boss, she is trapped in poverty and broken in spi [...]

    14. I found myself appreciating the really unique (to me anyways) way the author, Qiu Xialong, told the story. Quite possibly, this is familiar to readers of Chinese fiction. I enjoyed the descriptive style in the background of the mystery. The mystery itself was realistic & well done. The central character, Chief Inspector Chen Cao, a rising star on the Shanghai PD, is also a published poet in his native China. He frequents an inner-city park, Bund Park, for meditation & to read. One mornin [...]

    15. These books continue to entertain me enormously. As with the first book, the 'mystery' aspect of the text isn't particularly absorbing - I wanted to know who did what to whom and why, for sure, but it was the setting, the characters, the observations about politics in China and the United States that captivated me. There's an enormous amount of information in each book about the ambivalence of ordinary Chinese individuals toward the past, the present, a certainly amount of uncertainty about the [...]

    16. This is the second of this series that I have read ( although not sure what actual number in the series it is). I thought this was a great read, full of mystery, twists and turns with triads a distinguished American guest and of course lots of poetry and mouthwatering descriptions of food.Chief Inspector Chen is a fascinating character, he is loyal and patriotic but not unaware of his country's problems, a poet and a foodie. He soon fascinates visiting US Marshall Catherine Rohn, who has studied [...]

    17. This is a good book. While it drags just a bit here and there, it is interesting and for this reader it has a lot of information about China. It does suffer from a problem that is not unique. Historical events recede rapidly into the past. In this case the event is the Cultural Revolution in China which has strongly influenced the lives of many of the characters. The problem is that if this book takes place around when it was published (2002) the characters would be significantly older than they [...]

    18. The balance is off in this second book. Too much lingering on incidental scenes that want to be cultural but offer nothing of value. The first book provided unexpected incite into Chinese culture, whereas this one is too conscious of trying to shine light. The plot is also thin, and frankly, not very interesting. So the thread that's supposed to pull us through often breaks. I wanted to like this book more, but by the end was skimming the chapters just to be done.

    19. "Visado para Shanghai" se llama en castellano y lo saqué de la biblioteca pensando el título daba más para una película protagonizada por Jackie Chan y Ben Stiller que para una novela policial o de misterio. Por suerte me encontré con un policial que te engancha desde la pagina 1 y te mantiene entretenido hasta el final.

    20. Nueva entrega que mejora a la anterior, introduce un factor de tensión y persecución que tensiona a los personajes y engancha al lector. De nuevo, gran descripción de la difícil situación de un régimen comunista, a pesar del ligero aperturismo económico. Una buena historia cuenta más que un montón de sesudos análisis.

    21. I liked this second book even better than the first. The relationship between inspector Chen and his American colleague, the way he introduces her (and us) to Chinese life make the story even more compelling.

    22. The second of this fine series opens with Chief Inspector Chen Cao having to deal with two different challenges, a murder in Bund Park in Shanghai, a favorite haunt of his, and to be the guide for a U.S. Marshall coming to take a woman back so that the woman's husband will testify against an international human smuggling group. Making Chen's work harder are the gang implications of the murder of an unidentified victim, and the disappearance of the woman, Wen, who was the focus of cooperation by [...]

    23. While this second book in the Chief Inspector Chen series is not quite as good as the first, it has the same strengths. In particular, the insight into Chinese culture -- in the 1990s and over the centuries -- is interesting, and the best thing about the story, as other readers have noted.It also has the same defects. There is a lot of poetry quoted, mostly Chinese in translation, but also another reference to Matthew Arnold. I find the poetry obscure and have difficulty connecting it to the plo [...]

    24. 2 in the Shanghai police detective Inspector Chen Cao mystery series. Chen, early 30's, is rising figure in both the Shanghai police and Communist Party. He's a luke warm party person, but one doesn't progress without party support. He is assigned to escourt a young Chinese Speaking US marshall who is there to escourt the wife of an illigal Chinese immigrant who has agreed to testify against a major Chinese immigranr smuggler ifhis wife is brought to the US.The story quickly becomes more complic [...]

    25. This is the second in Xiaolong's Detective Chen series, and you can see the difference--this second installment is much more balanced, so that the few things which got on my nerves in the first book, much as I loved it, have been dialed back in favor of a more involved mystery. It also builds on the characters, of course, in a way that makes me thinks it is a good idea to read this series in order more than might be necessary with some mystery/suspense series built around a detective. It did get [...]

    26. I am enjoying this series although I note I managed to read this one out of order. Apart from the main characters Chief Inspector Chen and Detective Yu and his family the descriptions of the food/meals that they eat along the way are fascinating. Smoked carp's head is popular and the thousand year egg-can't even imagine that one!This had a great plot involving triads, Internal Security (as usual) and corrupt provincial police mixed in an American Marshal called Catherine Rohn who acts as a liais [...]

    27. Trama piacevolmente elaborata, nel contesto di criminalità delle triadi mafiose cinesi e dei loro rapporti di corruzione con la polizia locale. La collaborazione di una Marshal statunitense con l'ispettore Chen offre l'opportunità all'autore di illustrare i rapporti diplomatici tra Cina e Stati Uniti. Non mancano inoltre riferimenti e brevi digressioni interessanti sulla storia e la società cinesi.

    28. 61st book for 2016.This second instalment of Shanghai detective Chen Cao was a disappointment after the first book. Too much poetry. Too much food. Too much pedagogics. Too little work on plot/character development.It offers an interesting insight into China of the 1990s, but doesn't deliver as a work of fiction.

    29. Another amazing inspector Chen novel. Does a great job of mystery and setting the scene of Shanghai and china in transition. Plus they have poetry quotes that actually work in the story?A great read.

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