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Xiaolong's astute rendering of the many contradictions of contemporary Chinese life centres on the brilliant Inspector Chen ... A series that might well get you hooked. Sunday Telegraph Atmospheric and rich in behind the scenes detail ... Morse of the Far East. Independent Chen is a great creation, an honourable man in a world full of deception and treachery. Guardian With strong and subtle characterisation, Qiu Xiaolong draws us into a fascinating world where the greatest mystery revealed is the mystery of present-day China itself. -- John Harvey The first police whodunnit written by a Chinese author in English and set in contemporary China ... its quality matches its novelty. The Times The usual enjoyable mix of murder, poetry and contradictions of contemporary Chinese culture. Chen is a splendid creation. Independent on Sunday A vivid portrait of modern Chinese society ... full of the sights, sounds and smells of Shanghai ... A work of real distinction. Wall Street Journal Qiu Xiaolong is one of the brightest stars in the firmament of modern literary crime fiction. His Inspector Chen mysteries dazzle as they entertain, combining crime with Chinese philosophy, poetry and food, Triad gangsters and corrupt officials. Canberra Times, Australia Gripping ... Chen stands in a class with Martin Cruz Smith's Russian investigator, Arkady Renko, and P.D. James's Scotland Yard inspector, Adam Dalgliesh. Publishers Weekly Wonderful. Washington Post -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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QIU XIAOLONG is a poet and author of several previous novels featuring Inspector Chen as well as Years of Red Dust, a Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2010. Born and raised in Shanghai, Qiu lives with his family in St. Louis, Missouri.


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Habe heute das neueste Buch von Qiu Xiaolong Enigma of China (Inspector Chen Novels) Original Version English mit seinem manchen hier ja schon gut bekannten Helden, dem Inspektor der Polizei von Shanghai Chen Cao, beendet.

Diesmal werden gleich zwei im Reich der Mitte hochbrisante Themen angesprochen:
1.) Chinas fast schon lachhafte Kontrolle des Internets
2.) Die im Internet klar sichtbar gemachte Korruption, die sich mittlerweile in die dritte Generation nach Deng Xiaoping begibt. Und an allen nur möglichen Privilegien vom Grossvater auf den Vater, jetzt auf den Sohn bzw. sogar Enkel übertragen, wird sich festgeklammert - koste es was es wolle.
Tote sind billig zu haben in Shanghai bzw. in China allgemein - sogar wenn es sich um Polizei-Ermittler handelt....

Während unser Chefinspektor Chen, Polizei von Shanghai, immer mehr in die politische Karriere als Neuaufsteigender Kader der Partei gezwungen wird, gibt es einen "Selbstmord" eines "shangguied" d.h. aus seiner politischen Position in ein Luxus-Hotel aka Gefängnis unter strenger Aufsicht der Geheimpolizei "umgegesiedelt" gewordenen hohen Beamten.
Shanguied = grob uebersetzt zwei Dinge, d.h. der "Häftling" wird fuer eine bestimmte (gui) Zeit an einem bestimmten (gui) Platz festgehalten, d.h. zwei Spezifiken ...
Dieser Selbstmord nun soll schnellsten von der normalen, der geheimen und der staatlichen Polizei als solcher abgehandelt werden - aber keine der Stellen kann sich so recht entscheiden, da im Internet einfach zu vieles zirkuliert. Denn der "shangguite" Kader ist über ...
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HASH(0x941fd648) von 5 Sternen Weakest book in the series... disappointed 1. Juli 2013
Von Bobby D. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is the latest and 8th book in the Inspector Chen series. I have read each in order and all my reviews are posted on Amazon.com. What drew me to the series was the unique time and setting in Shanghai, China as the country emerges with its new blended capitalism.
Although I have enjoyed the series none of the books have captured the quality of the first book, "Death of a Chinese Heroine". The characters mostly carry forward from that book and have been underdeveloped as the series progresses. The lead character, inspector Chen is a poet by nature and presents an interesting way for the reader to experience this changing culture. My reviews have been consistent in stating that Qiu Xiaolong needed to do more to develop his cast of characters... even inspector Chen. Yet as each new book appears the writing style has become more simplistic and less descriptive. I liked the last book in the series "Don't Cry, Tai Lake" but this latest book like its title is truly an enigma. It's not awful but it sure is weak and under written and disappointing to us fans who want to see more character growth.
Enigma is more like an outline... purely a procedural crime story. No character development and limited plot. And what happened to the unique time period and cultural changes? There is not one mention as to what year we are now in although the story seems to be following current Shanghi events focused as it is on the potential bubble in the cities high priced housing boom. So how old is Inspector Chen now? I would guess early fifties. How has growing older impacted Chen and as his mother says what does he really think about his failure to get a wife? We get the hint in last two books of possible relationships but neither goes anywhere and seem to service the plot more than anything.
The story in Enigma is very promising at its start but what is to be made of a story where at the end the main character (Chen) sits at a table and explains who done it to another character (just like Columbo)? The ending then even calls out for a sequel as Chen has to make a decision about his future but that should have been part of this book which would have made the ending much more compelling.
As you may have noticed I found this perhaps the weakest book in the series and was very disappointed. It appears to have been written quickly as a straight procedural with little thought of bringing more to the setting or bring us up to date on our favorite characters. I would hope the next book is of a much higher quality. If you like the series let's keep hoping for better.
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HASH(0x941fda74) von 5 Sternen Chen's last case? 20. Juni 2013
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In this book Chief Inspector Chen is involved in a case so sensitive, it may cost him his job. Fortunes rise and fall with great unpredictability in the new China.

Chen is assigned to function as a consultant to a police investigation into the suicide of a corrupt Shanghai housing official. The police have been instructed to "confirm" the suicide. But Chen and the investigating detective suspect murder.

A plethora of agencies are investigating, each with its own agenda. This in itself is suspicious and a clear sign of danger to anyone seeking the truth.

Basically this novel is a about the Chinese government vs. the Internet, which functions as the only genuine news source in China and the only political tool available to the people. We learn about the protest techniques of the "netizens" and the devastating attacks against corrupt officials launched online by means of "crowd-sourced investigations."

Qui Xiolong's novels always give us a fascinating picture of life in the new China, and this book is no exception. From "eating girls" in elite restaurants to "human-flesh searches" on the Web, a bizarre society emerges in these pages.

The Chief Inspector Chen novels are not remarkable for devious plots or action scenes. I love them for their ambience, their leisurely contemplative mood. In the midst of puzzling over a case, Chen is forever reciting lines of ancient poetry to himself, and occasionally to a pretty young woman. On a visit to his mother in the hospital, he'll recall a Tang Dynasty poem. And urgent as this investigation is, Chen always finds time for tea, noodles and (when the pressure is really on) an exotic meal.

I love the way Xiaolong weaves classical allusions and folk sayings into the texture of the story. This is literature, not a mere thriller - a subtle mix of exquisite writing, murder and political intrigue.
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HASH(0x941fdc9c) von 5 Sternen The mystery of Chinese society 18. Juli 2013
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I've read all the Inspector Chen novels and this is one of the best. You don't read the books in this series to find out who the murderer is, although that does add to the appeal of the novels. You also don't read the books because you want a steamy love story. Or because you want insightful interactions between complex characters. You read them for the exquisite description of Chinese society and Chinese corruption. You read them to find out how ordinary Chinese people live and how elite Chinese live. You may even read them to savor the depictions of Chinese meals. You may also read them for the poetry interspersed throughout the novels, although this does not appeal to me. In this book Qui Xiaolong describes Chinese officials engaging in power struggles and intrigue while attempting to quash Internet exposés of corrupt leaders and businessmen. It is a dark and engrossing story.
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HASH(0x941fde10) von 5 Sternen Another winner 25. Juni 2013
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Enigma of China kept me as spellbound as Qiu's earlier tours de force. This story is more contemporary and weaves in current controversies, including the heinous practice of shuanggui (in the news this week, in fact) as well as the Ai Weiwei case and others. Those who already count Inspector Chen as a lao pengyou (old friend) will enjoy this reunion with him and his friends, colleagues, and his ongoing effort to do right in China's complex environment. As Chen gets older, it seems he gets more frustrated with the country's "Socialism with Chinese Characteristics." This book is a cliffhanger, leaving the reader dangling at the cliff's edge with frustration. Mr Qiu: When will the next book come out? Hurry, please!
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HASH(0x941fdd8c) von 5 Sternen Getting dark in Shanghai 22. Juni 2013
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I think this is Qiu's darkest book so far. Those of us familiar with James Church's Inspector O are already aware--and deeply admire--a cop who loves and supports his country but whose admiration for the powers that be is limited. Inspector Chen has never claimed that China has the best form of government, but in this novel he comes closest to suggesting that it is actually bad for his country.

I am reminded of a comment Anchee Min made once when asked whether what she writes is acceptable to the Chinese government (both are, presumably, US citizens but originate from China). "As long as I don't write in Chinese," was her response.

Both Qiu and Min spend a regular amount of time in China, and I suspect this is why Qiu updated his character--Inspector Chen--a book or two ago. Originally, the series was set in the 1990s, but it's now contemporary, and almost certainly because Qiu is so much aware of what is happening in his beloved Shanghai.

The plot once again involves murder and corruption, with a wee bit of romance. And once again its value lies with the observations this native Chinese writer makes on his native culture. His perspective is, of course, much affected by having been a US resident for so long, but that makes him more like us. Although we can never have his familiarity and understanding of Chinese culture, he can guide us knowing where we need to notice something here, something there.
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