Books by Qiu Xiaolong

Qiu Xiaolong was born and raised in Shanghai, moving to the U.S. in 1988. He is the author of three previous novels featuring Inspector Chen. His work has won the Anthony Award and been a finalist for the Edgar Award (Death of a Red Heroine) and has been


ENIGMA OF CHINA by Qiu Xiaolong
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 18, 2013

"In his ninth Inspector Chen novel (Don't Cry, Tai Lake, 2012, etc.), Xiaolong again uses a mystery to focus a large and nuanced portrait of contemporary China."
Can Inspector Chen toe the Communist Party line and certify a suspicious death as a suicide? Read full book review >
DON'T CRY, TAI LAKE by Qiu Xiaolong
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2012

"Chen's seventh (The Mao Case, 2009, etc.) is again peppered with poetry and told with clarity and elegance. Its portrait of modern China is as intriguing as its slow-rolling whodunit."
Chief Inspector Chen, the poetic policeman, takes a backseat to a junior colleague in probing the murder of an unpopular industrialist. Read full book review >
YEARS OF RED DUST by Qiu Xiaolong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Although he depends too heavily on aphorisms and plot switchbacks, Qiu Xiaolong follows in the tradition of Naguib Mahfouz, writing about a changing world with both affection and a skeptic's sense of irony. "
These 23 stories, first published in Le Monde, by Shanghai native Qiu Xiaolong (The Mao Case, 2009, etc.) follow China's political evolution from 1949 to 2006 as it impacts the socio-economically diverse characters who reside on the Shanghai street of the title. Read full book review >
THE MAO CASE by Qiu Xiaolong
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2009

"Chen's sixth case is every bit as engrossing as its predecessors. "
A Shanghai inspector reluctantly probes a case linked to the late Chairman Mao. Read full book review >
RED MANDARIN DRESS by Qiu Xiaolong
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 29, 2007

"The author's heady plot highlights his strengths, elegantly capturing China in transition. A fascinating read."
A methodical serial killer's method baffles Shanghai police. Read full book review >
A CASE OF TWO CITIES by Qiu Xiaolong
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 5, 2006

"Chen's literary sensibility and Xiaolong's incisive portrait of modern China, mixed with traditional gumshoe exploits, make for heady entertainment."
A Chinese police inspector's probe of a corrupt local government official takes him from Singapore to Los Angeles. Read full book review >
WHEN RED IS BLACK by Qiu Xiaolong
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2004

"Wanders a bit, but Chen and his men in a fascinating setting easily redeem minor flaws."
In his third outing (A Loyal Character Dancer, 2003, etc.), usually unflappable Chief Inspector Chen is one confused Chinese about Shanghai in transition. Read full book review >
A LOYAL CHARACTER DANCER by Qiu Xiaolong
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Chief Inspector Chen of Shanghai homicide is a man of parts. Read full book review >

DEATH OF A RED HEROINE by Qiu Xiaolong
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2000

An engrossing first novel set in China during the 1990s that begins as a simple police procedural and then just keeps on getting more complex. Read full book review >