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The Mao Case: An Inspector Chen Novel (Inspector Chen Cao) (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Qiu Xiaolong

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Title:The Mao Case: An Inspector Chen Novel (Inspector Chen Cao)
Authors:Qiu Xiaolong
Info:Minotaur Books (2009), Hardcover, 304 pages
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The weakest of all Inspector Chen books so far. This is the newest one. Centered around Mao and the huge shadow the old president still cast upon China, Chen is given a sensitive case to find out what the grand daughter of an ex-mistress of Mao might have on the dead president. The plot is thin, the resolution is revealed in a hurry and comes from left field.
We learn nothing new about the Inspector, his crew Yu, Yu's wife and Yu's father are only ghosts characters in this tale of madness and shadows. ( )
  writerlibrarian | Apr 4, 2013 |
Wasn't really my thing, but I'm sure for the right person it could be a very enjoyable book. Knowing more about the cultural revolution in China would certainly have helped my comprehension.

The writing was good, so don't be scared off by my low rating. This book just wasn't really to my taste. ( )
  ShannaRedwind | Mar 31, 2013 |
Book has lot of great elements -- descriptions of Shanghainese food, politics, lots of quotations of Chinese poetry, strong plot, etc. But someohow doesn't rise above its genre status. Still, worth reading. ( )
  Katong | Apr 16, 2012 |
Although labelled as a murder mystery, The Mao Case and other works from Qiu Xiaolong, are deeper stories concerning with the rapidly changing and mutating society in millenium China. The shadow of Mao and the Cultural Revolution looms over a society which is looking towards the future.

Inspector Chen is both a poet and detective. Cultured and educated, he is entrusted with investigating the suddenly affluent lifestyle of Jiao, granddaughter of a disgraced movie star. But as he begins his investigation, the body of Jiao's friend is found in the garden of a gently decaying Shanghai mansion.

The case is politically sensitive, due to the connection between Jiao's grandmother and Chairman Mao. In fact, Internal police are convinced that Jiao holds some secret material from Mao, which cannot be allowed to resurface and tarnish his beloved and treasured image.

This is a crime novel of a different ilk. Originating as it does from a different culture, Xiaolong's story offers a different type of crime novel - intellectual and educated. It is wistful, literate and utterly unique. ( )
  dudara | Apr 26, 2010 |
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Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is the head of the Special Case group and is often put in charge of those cases that are considered politically "sensitive" since, as a rising party cadre, he's regarded by many as reliable. But Inspector Chen, though a poet by inclination and avocation, takes his job as a policeman very seriously, despite the pressures put upon him from within and without, and is unwilling to compromise his principles as a policeman in favor of political expedience. 
 
However, after the new Minister of Public Security insists that Chen personally take on a 'special assignment', an investigation already begun by Internal Security, he may no longer be able to resist those pressures. The party, increasingly leery of international embarrassment, is unhappy about two recent books that place Mao in a bad light. Now, Jiao, the granddaughter of an actress who was likely one of Mao's mistresses - a woman suspected of being Mao's own granddaughter - has recently quit her job, moved into a luxury apartment, and, without any visible means of support, become a part of  a new social set centered around the remnants of pre-Communist Shanghai society. What they fear is that, somehow, she has inherited some artifact or material related to Mao that will, when made public, prove embarrassing. Even though there is no evidence that such even exists, Chen has been charged to infiltrate her social circle, determine if the feared material exists and, if it does, retrieve it quietly. And in only a few days - because if he can't resolve this 'Mao case' within the deadline, the party will resort to harsher, more deadly means.

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The new Minister of Public Security insists that Shanghai PD's Chief Inspector Chen Cao personally take on a "special assignment." The party is unhappy about 2 new books that criticize Mao. Jiao, the granddaughter of one of Mao's mistresses--possibly Mao's granddaughter--has moved into a luxury apartment and, without any income, climbs high in society. The fear is that, somehow, she's inherited something related to Mao that will prove embarrassing. Chen has been charged to infiltrate her social circle, determine if anything exists, and retrieve it quietly. If he can't resolve this 'Mao case' within the deadline, the party will resort to harsher, more deadly means.… (more)

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