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Red Jade (Paperback)
While investigating two bodies found in Chinatown's historic Tong battleground, NYPD Detective Jack Yu's pursuit takes him from New York's Chinatown to Seattle's Chinatown, tracking a cold-blooded Chinese-American gangster and a mysterious Hong Kong femme fatale The bodies of a young man and woman are discovered at an address on the Bloody Angle, Chinatown's historic Tong battleground. NYPD Detective Jack Yu had thought he was done working in Chinatown, but old allegiances pull him back in. Is it a simple murder-suicide? The grieving families want him to keep a lid on any stories that might further tarnish their family names--but the Golden Galaxy club, where the young woman worked, is made for scandal. Drugs, snakeheads, smuggled prostitutes: "Girls don't last long before getting dirty." As a puzzling web of links between the murders and the criminal underworld reveals itself, Yu's investigation takes him across the country to another Chinatown, this one in Seattle. In the new city, stymied by the uncooperative local cops, he tracks a cold-blooded Chinese American gangster and a mysterious Hong Kong femme fatale.
About the Author
Henry Chang was born and raised in New York City's Chinatown, where he now lives. He is a graduate of the Pratt Institute and The City College of New York and is currently a security director in Manhattan. He is the author of four other novels in the Detective Jack Yu series, Chinatown Beat, Year of the Dog, and Death Money.
Praise for Red Jade
“An action-packed plot and a carefully detailed mystery make this a feast for readers who crave insight into the cultural melting pot that is the United States.”
—Library Journal, Starred Review
“Chang depicts the intricacies of life in Chinatowns where ancient customs crash against the contemporary world. But Chang doesn't just show these colorful neighborhoods. He delves into the reality of the Chinatowns, portraying long-time residents dismayed at the change going around them, gangsters trying to maintain their control and tight-knit neighbors united in their beliefs, customs and desire to keep crime from ebbing further. Chang captures the sights, sounds and smells of the various Chinatowns, showing the common threads and uniqueness of each as well as their histories. Chang also depicts how the cultures of various Asian countries make the Chinatowns diverse areas. ‘Red Jade’ also delves into the racism that Asian cops often encounter both among their fellow officers and on the streets of Chinatown. But even cynical Jack can be surprised when a seemingly racist cop is anything but. ‘Red Jade’ is a gripping police procedural full of surprising twists.”
—Kansas City Star
“In his third entry in the Jack Yu series, Chang continues to provide insight into the Chinese American community and its culture. Series fans will also be pleased to see that the much-interrupted relationship of Jack and district attorney Alexandra Lee-Chow moves to a new level. A fast-moving police procedural with added sociological depth."
“A sharp mix of action, post-Wire procedural and cultural commentary aimed squarely at readers who aren’t overly attached to happy, or even conclusive, endings.”
Praise for the Jack Yu series:
"Destiny could find no better assistant than the decent, determined Det. Jack Yu."
—The Wall Street Journal
"Chinatown is the hero here. Better say antihero, because while the picture is vivid and often compelling, it's anything but pretty."
"[Chang] paints, in miniature, a harsh world of neon and shadows but doesn't slight the Big Questions. . . . [He takes] genre fiction to a deeper level, focusing on the mysteries of the human mind that a murder brings to light in those with some connection to the deceased. Mysteries, quirks, that might otherwise lie buried, but that subtly define who we are."
—Ron Rosenbaum, Slate
"A vivid, street-level portrait . . . evokes the spirit, sights, smells and language of his setting in compelling and original fashion."
—The New York Times
"This is a dense, moody, and intelligent glimpse at Chinese life in New York as seen through the world-weary eyes of a young man with a foot firmly planted in two cultures."