Category Archives: Asia

All She Was Worth, by Miyuki Miyabe

All She Was Worth On one level, All She Was Worth is a traditional type of detective novel. A young woman, Shoko Sekine, goes missing. Her distraught fiancĂ© contacts his uncle, Shunsuke Honma, a police detective on long-term sick leave … Continue reading

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Death of a Red Heroine, by Qiu Xiaolong

  Death of a Red Heroine Death of a Red Heroine is on the one hand a fairly standard police procedural novel, as Chief Inspector Chen and Detective Yu of the Shanghai Police Bureau investigate the case of a murdered … Continue reading

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The Man From Beijing, by Henning Mankell

  The Man from Beijing Translated by Laurie Thompson. The usual pattern in a crime novel is for a murder to take place and for the investigator(s) to gradually narrow down the various explanations until one is left and the … Continue reading

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The Eye of Jade, by Diane Wei Liang

  The Eye of Jade Mei Wang is a determined young woman in modern China. Not wishing to be part of the conventional system of kickbacks and privilege, she quits her safe Ministry job and sets up as a private … Continue reading

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The Trophy Taker, by Lee Weeks

  The Trophy Taker "Missing girls, a brutal killer, a city in terror" are the words on the cover of THE TROPHY TAKER and I suppose they are a fair description, although the city (Hong Kong) does not seem too … Continue reading

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The Outcast by Michael Walters

The Outcast Set in Mongolia, the "edge of the world", THE OUTCAST is the third book to feature Nergui, Doripalam, Tunjin and colleagues from the serious crime squad and, in Nergui's case, the ministry of security. Ghengis Khan is the … Continue reading

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Bad Traffic, by Simon Lewis

Bad Traffic BAD TRAFFIC is a book that epitomises all that is great about the crime-fiction genre. It has a tight plot that unfolds at breakneck pace; it depicts an alien world vividly; there is a range of believable and … Continue reading

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The Slaughter Pavilion, by Catherine Sampson

The Slaughter Pavilion I've enjoyed Catherine Sampson's three previous novels very much, but with THE SLAUGHTER PAVILION she truly comes into her own. The main character from the first three books, Robin Ballantyne, appears only briefly. Here, the setting is … Continue reading

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Disco for the departed, by Colin Cotterill

Disco for the Departed The third book in the series that began with THE CORONER'S LUNCH and continued with THIRTY-THREE TEETH continues our journey of discovery of a magical-realist, independently minded group of protagonists in landlocked, impoverished 1970s Laos. Dr … Continue reading

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The pool of unease, by Catherine Sampson

The Pool of Unease Following on from her excellent first two novels, FALLING OFF AIR and OUT OF MIND, Catherine Sampson provides a change of theme for TV journalist Robin Ballantyne. After the death of her partner and the father … Continue reading

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